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Plastic surgery & health

Plastic surgery has been a controversial thing for years, that is slowly becoming a norm in society. From Pamela Anderson to Kim K, the need to be perfect, a 10 out of 10 is not going anywhere.

Things you have to ask yourself first is if you want it yourself or if SOMEONE ESLE made you. Do you look at yourself in the mirror and say "I don't like the shape of my nose and boobs."? Maybe someone called you ugly at some point in life, and you decided to go to plastic surgeon for a consultation. It happens. You're scrolling through Instagram and see all the fit, beautiful models and think to yourself "Why can't I be like them? Maybe I can!".

As I mentioned in my previous blogs, in a world full of Kardashians- be yourself!

However, you have to consider pros and cons of getting facial or body work done.

I'm a big believer that you can look younger and healthier by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, going to the gym daily...and maybe some Botox.

Here's some things that have helped me and my film friends in the past.

Disclaimer: I'm no doctor by all means and everyone has their own diet, but those habits help in the long run.

1. MAKE A HABIT OF EXERCISING every day or at least 3 times a week, even for as little as 30 minutes. It will help you in the long run. Trust me on that one. I look and feel better as a girl in my 20's than I did as a teenager. I have more energy, my head and skin are clearer and I don't have health issues.

You don't want to be a boring couch potato in your 50's, do you? ;)

Yes, sometimes you will be lazy and don't want to do anything. But here's a tip for today- if you dedicate yourself to something for 21 days- it will become a habit. It's not easy, but give it a try, ok?

2. YOU HAVE TO EAT HEALTHY. Meaning no more fried chicken, hamburgers with grease or having pasta at 11pm. Yes, I know they taste delicious, especially when you're high, but so do vegetables if you know how to cook them.

I grew up in Ukraine and everything we have is organic. Bread, meat, veggies and fruits. Slavic people have been around for hundreds and thousands of years, and we know how to grow plants and trees, have our own garden, raise the farm animals, etc. It's very unusual to see a fat person anywhere in Ukraine. There are some, but because people walk everywhere, it's really hard to be out of shape. Being fat in Eastern Europe is actually a sign of wealth.

In United States it's a bit different. Most of the overweight people are poor, and the rich are healthy and in shape.

When I came to United States, I asked myself why are there so many overweight people here? Are they sick? What's going on? With everyone having cars and eating all the GMO's and chemicals that are ILLEGAL everywhere else, it can become a challenge to be active. We even drive to the gym to go run on a treadmill!

Point is- be healthy. Take care of your body. That way you don't have to get a tummy tuck and spend THOUSANDS of dollars.

3. STOP drinking alcohol and smoking. Alcohol is a downer and makes you do stupid shit. Including making a poor decision of having a one night stand. It ain't worth it and I'm speaking from a personal experience.

Alcohol makes you crave more food that your body actually needs. Why do you think so many restaurants and bars serve food after getting your drink order?

Not to mention, constant car accidents and death. You have to pay 10 grand for DUI, just because you didn't want to spend the night at a friend's house. One decision makes all the difference.

Smoking cigarettes, cigars and vapes is bad. Your parents were right. I smoked everything in my 20's and it didn't help me or make me feel better. Every day I smoked a Newport I felt like my lungs were bursting up and I hated it. I remember when I was little, I thought kids who smoked were cool. No, they really are not. You are cool if you are healthy.

Let's go back to the surgeries.

My first question is- can you afford it? DO NOT go to a different country to get anything done just because it's cheaper. It's cheap for many reasons, including countless risks!

The most inexpensive surgeries are going to be cosmetic injectables. The adjustments are temporary and effects last based on type of procedure you are getting, and your body's reaction to them.

I had lip fillers done, which lasted for 3 months, I paid $1200 (my rent!) and I didn't like the way they looked on me. Because my face is already proportional as is. Yes, the lips looked plumped, but not big. I do know a lot of girls who can pull them off, and they do make you look younger. Just don't overdo them, otherwise you'd look absolutely ridiculous like a Bratz doll.

There are different types of fillers.

I got my first cheek fillers in March before I got my headshots done, and I LOVED them! They added shape to my oval face. Basically cheek fillers can make your face look more defined and skinnier. It did for me anyway! They last from 6-12 months.

More about fillers on here:

I am a very emotional person, and I do all kinds of facial expressions every day. Once in a blue moon I love to go and see my girl B (as in Botox). There are different types: Vistalbel, Azzulure, Bocouture, Xeomin, Dysport. They are different from one another, but perform the same function. Botox relaxes muscles in your face, including forehead, smile lines, crow lines, chin line, etc. The effects last from 3-6 months.

Plastic surgery time!

The most common surgery is rhinoplasty, which is a nose adjustment. If your nose is too big or too crooked- this surgery is for you. The average cost in US is $5,483

Costs are here:

After you went over the costs, ask yourself those questions:

Do I actually need it?

What are the risks?

Would it actually help my career or damage it?

Remember when Jennifer Grey from "Dirty Dancing" went under the knife and changed shape of her nose? Even though she got roles back and forth, she felt that she "committed an unforgivable crime". She didn't look like her Jewish self anymore.

Read full article:

If you are just starting out in the film biz, whether you get the surgery or not doesn't really matter.

However, when you are 5-10 years into the industry, you're constantly booking gigs, and then you get a major surgery like rhinoplasty, breast augmentation or lip fillers...your booking ratio will most likely drop. You have to get new headshots, new demo reel, etc. You won't look like yourself anymore.

But then again, casting directors book you for certain parts and for your talent.

If your brand is tough, masculine, strong man who auditions a lot for cops, security guards- stay the way you are.

If you go for sexy types of roles- it doesn't hurt to get a surgery, if you always wanted to look like a better version of yourself.

Loving yourself as you are can be tough, but doable.

Prior to getting plastic surgery, I would make a list of pro's and con's and talk to your agent & manager for advice.

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