Dear Dr. Billings: I am a 29 year-old single woman. I have, for some time now, been considering plastic surgery. Nothing extreme, just slight breast augmentation and perhaps a minor nose job. I have been saving for this for some time but now that the date draws near, many of my friends and family are trying to change my mind. It's an act of vanity, they say, a senseless risk They tellme to accept myself as I am and be proud. I know that surgery of any sort carries risks and wonder if I should reconsider.I still think the surgery would be a big boost for my self-image. What do you think? -- Plain Jane
Dear Plain: Self-image, schmelf-image! Let 's cut the shrinkspeak and call a spade a spade, shall we? Yow want a husband and think that a smaller balcony and a few more rows in the mezzanine might do the trick, right? Well, let me fill you in a bit. A man wants a woman who can keep a house in order so spend your dough on cooking lessons. Learn to sew, for pete's sake. Spend a little time with a vacuum. Big boobs and a button nose are fine and dandy but a hardworking houswife? That's a rare commodity.
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