Thank You, Anderson Cooper!

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First, I have to say. Thank you all for the well wishes and compliments last week for me. I had come down with some sort of cold, pretending to be the flu. It was not fun! I stayed home from work and just laid around ALL DAY. My dog wasn’t getting it and thought that we should be out playing and going for walks and such. I promise, she only understands English when it involves the word “treat”.

As I was laid up last week, I did catch a little TV. I watch so little TV, I didn’t know what to do. I channel flipped like a crazy woman! I landed on Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show. The topic struck me and immediately I thought “this will be a blog post!!!”

The show featured a plastic surgeon who had performed surgery on his daughter. His other daughter disagreed with their father’s decision. She thought he should have told his daughter she was beautiful as she was. The mother saw nothing wrong with the decision either. The daughter that had the surgery had her nose done and her boobs. Side note: I don’t want my daddy seeing my boobs. I don’t care if he is a plastic surgeon.

Back to the story. The girl still wanted to go back under the knife. She said she wanted bigger boobs now and that maybe she wanted a little more work done on her nose and wanted her dad to put her under again. This time, he refused and said that she was beautiful as she was. I’m guessing if she bugs him enough he’ll do it. He stated earlier in the show the reason he did her surgery the first time was because she kept harassing him about it and he was afraid she’d get someone else to do it whose work he didn’t know.

The audience was pretty much against the idea of the dad performing surgery on his daughter and agreed with his other daughter. They thought that he should be encouraging her more in terms of telling her that she’s beautiful as she is and doesn’t need surgery. I agree. I just think it would be hard for him to make that argument with her when he does the same thing for others everyday.

What say you? What do you think his response should have been to her request for surgery? If you were in his shoes what would you have done?

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14 Responses to Thank You, Anderson Cooper!
  1. Optimistic Mom
    December 6, 2011 | 7:08 am

    I can understand that he wants to ensure that he knows that everything is being done correctly. When I was working full time in healthcare, my husband used to tell me he wanted to request me to do his bloodwork, IV, etc., if he ever needed it because he trusted me and know I would do it exactly as it should be.
    BUT we never had that issue. Thank goodness.
    As that father, I would have worried that if something went wrong…how would you live with that? That is something I don’t know if I could handle. Maybe it would be best if the father was in the room, or monitoring and not doing the procedure.
    AND I do agree, that maybe more focus should have been on expressing that she is beautiful the way she is. Very interesting topic, wish I had seen the show to really give a better opinion.

  2. This Cookn' Mom
    December 6, 2011 | 8:01 am

    I am sure that as a father, he told her that she did not need plastic surgery.Instead of actually performing the procedure, he could have observed it or assisted the primary surgeon to ensure good results and rest his mind. The daughter sounds determined. I do not think it would have mattered how much her father told her she was beautiful. She would have had the procedure done with or without him.

  3. Cari
    December 6, 2011 | 9:06 am

    Oh Lord, Cam! {Well I’m glad you’re on the mend, I was MIA last week, I totally would’ve kept you company on Twitter or something.}

    Oh, and Anderson is sexy, silver fox, just sayin’.

    What the what?! Agree no way my Dad is seeing my boobs, doctor or not. Sounds like he might regret his decision? How old was his daughter? If she was a teen, WAY inappropriate. But plastic surgery bugs me, it’s a slippery slope; like tattoos and bad boys. If you aren’t happy with your appearance, which is really being happy inside first, you never will be. There will be an empty hole that will never be filled and she’ll look like Joan Rivers in 10 years. Mercy. Good post, as you can see, I got a little fired up. 😉

  4. Natalie
    December 6, 2011 | 9:07 am

    I think he should have not performed the surgeries but I could see where he would be concerned about the quality of work. I would say if she was bound and determined to do it he could have referred her to someone he knew to do it. It’s sad that she is already wanting to go back under the knife…

  5. kita
    December 6, 2011 | 9:34 am

    Maybe get someone else to perform and maybe he could just peep in this is a hard question. Plastic surgery is so the new thing now it’s sad people just can’t be themselves and love that.

  6. Denise
    December 6, 2011 | 10:27 am

    Performing surgery on a family member, especially an immediate family member seems wrong. Yes, I think he should have told her she was beautiful. If she was so determined to get the surgery, he could have referred an excellent surgeon that he trusts. But refusing to do it himself, would have made a statement. One that his daughter needed to “hear.” A women’s self-image is largely affected by her father’s perception of her. He should have thought about that.

  7. Kristin
    December 6, 2011 | 1:03 pm

    No way would I have done it or let my husband do it were he a plastic surgeon!

  8. kRISSY
    December 6, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    i can honestly say I would have told my child no. I would have told her she didn’t need it because she was already a natural beauty.

    I kind of get where he is coming from by saying he didn’t want her going to someone he didn’t know. She could have gotten a very bad outcome with someone else. He was trying to prevent that.

    I do think that when people start with that plastic surgery stuff they’ll never quit. They’ll always find something they think is wrong with him. ALWAYS!

  9. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    December 6, 2011 | 4:36 pm

    I think he should have said no! It’s his own child, and it’s as if he just confirmed for her that something was wrong and needed fixing. I don’t like that!

  10. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    December 6, 2011 | 11:20 pm

    That’s a tough one! I agree with you in that it would be hard for her dad to make an arguments against surgery if that’s what he does for a living. I guess is just a matter of where you draw the line and who you draw it for. I’m wondering how old the girl was? I also wonder what percentage of plastic surgery patients have regrets.

    I think there are certain cases where plastic surgery can be benificial, but it’s too bad society places such value on looking a certain way or fitting into a particular mold.

  11. Anna
    December 7, 2011 | 1:38 am

    I think if he had done the plastic surgery on her daughter once (even though it was a result of a constant bugging), he should be doing the second one too. Note that I do not think that he should have done any surgery on the first place either. But surely having such a profession makes him have different values than us – I guess…

  12. The Pepperrific Life
    December 7, 2011 | 4:00 am

    That’s definitely a topic not to be taken lightly…
    I don’t have anything against those who undergo plastic surgery. But if I were the dad, I might have qualms about doing it on my daughter. Hmmm…ok, maybe one nose job, but no boobs please!

  13. Quiana
    December 8, 2011 | 7:03 pm

    Oh my this is awful and inappropriate! I knew a woman in college who was rumored to have had her father perform enhancement surgery on her. Not sure if it was true, but the concept was always very weird to me. So odd that in the story you shared that the father refused the 2nd time saying she was beautiful as is. Does that mean she needed the surgery to get to that point in his opinion? BIZARRE!

  14. Miss Donna
    December 13, 2011 | 5:42 am

    wow. this is a tough one. i understand his rationale for performing the surgery because he didn’t want to take a chance on her going somewhere that may not be safe (speaking of: did you hear about the fake dr. injecting cement in women’s butts?!) anyway, i guess the daughter’s age plays a factor too, whether she was a minor. i don’t believe teens should undergo plastic surgery at any rate.

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