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I'm really considering plastic surgery on my nose and I would like to know about it. If I was to get it in Atlanta how much would it cost (about)? How old do you have to be to not have your parents consent. Since I'm Africcan American will it leave scars? And is there anything serious I should know 1st? Thanks for answering my questions!
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We really don't endorse rhinoplasty or any plastic or cosmetic surgery (except maybe reconstruction) here at all. Be happy with your body! You're born with something many people don't even have (a nose that works!) so appreciate what you do have.

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I was just wondering, as a group, are we against it? Because I was always a big supporter of the whole plastic surgery thang- right to choose the way you look and all that.

Sorry, Sweet, I don't know much about the surgery except my friend got hers done (but I haven't asked her much about it) and she said it hurt and they removed a lot of the bone... I've never seen a girl with a nose job have any noticeable scars, tho, white or black.

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As a group, as with most things, we get to have as many varied opinions as we'd like.

Personally, I think some practical applications of plastic surgery -- namely, reconstructive surgery -- can be fantastic. Without it, I'd have half a hand, so I'm grateful.

However, the problem with a lot of cosemetic and elective plastic surgeries, is that people tend to look to them as an "instant fix" for poor body image or self-worth, and it doesn't tend to fix that in most cases. Instead, a lot of people find they feel identically, and can get in a sad habit of looking for more and more reconstruction, bankrupting themselves and making their self-image even worse.

The average cost of a full rhinoplasty in the US is about $5,000 - $12,000. Elective cosmetic surgery is not covered by insurance and you cannot get it without parental consent as a minor (and if as a minor you have that kind of cash, it really is likely better spent on college, to be frank). There are risks, there can be scarring, and it isn't a magic wand.

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as a worst case scenario, has anyone else seen Michael Jackson's nose lately? that's a definite case of someone never feeling satisfied with him/herself, and it just all goes horribly wrong after a while.

as for plastic surgery, it is usually done in such a way to minimize scarring so it looks "natural."

And about being African-American and wanting a nose job; the trend these days is to do plastic surgery such that the outcome resembles the original ethnic look. So if for some reason your nose was disfigured in an accident, it would be fixed up to looks like what a "typical" Afro-Am nose looks like: a little broader and flatter than a "typical" Caucasian nose.

btw, i put "typical" in quotes because everyone looks different, although there are some traits that seem pretty identifiable as belonging to a certain group of people (for example, the distinct Asian eyefolds).

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