This past week Miss LukeTeen28 (my eldest daughter) popped the question my wife and I have been anticipating for the past 12 years since the day of her birth. No, she doesn’t want to have a boyfriend. (We’ve told her she can’t date until she’s 30!) Her interest is in a cosmetic surgery to correct a condition known as Syndactyly – the fusion of one or more toes.
“Syndactyly” is the medical term for this condition. Hers is a simple fusing of soft tissue between the second and third toes on both feet (the left is more pronounced than the right). The issue appears to be genetic in nature, as I know of one other person in my extended family who has this condition.
She is in no pain or discomfort from her syndactyly and the risks are miniscule. The surgery would be completely for cosmetic purposes. (So when she wears her sandals the doofus middle school boys at school aren’t tempted to call her “four toes.”) Maybe the fact that she is almost a teen is figuring into her asking about the procedure now.
To some, it may seem silly to spend money on a procedure that isn’t necessary to improve one’s quality of life. Liposuction, Botox treatments, and other medical procedures are performed each day by physicians across the country on people who just want to “look good.” According to reports, Americans spent $10.4 billion on cosmetic surgeries in 2011. That’s a lot of looking good.
She is seeking opinions about this from all sources. She knows it will cost money for the procedure and is curious what my thrifty conscious blogging friends think. We’ve told her for years that if she ever wants to have these separated we would pay for it. But I think she might still be a bit hesitant.
What do you think? Should she go ahead with the procedure or just live with it? Have any of you dealt with this medical condition before? If so, how was the procedure?
(11/13/14 Update: She has decided to keep them together for now.)
(11/23/15) Update: The discussion has not come up again. She seems content to keep them as they are.)
Questions: Would you do cosmetic surgery if you had an issue like syndactyly to correct? If not, why? Under what circumstances might you consider it?
Now on to some great reading suggestions for your weekend.
The Road To Prosperity is not really a road as Krant Cents explains in this post. Figuring out the goal and plan will be the big challenge.
Whether you are new to blogging or a seasoned veteran, be sure to check out The Ten Common Mistakes I See New Bloggers Make at Modest Money. Very helpful post.
Shannon at The Heavy Purse wonders At What Age Should Your Teen Get a Job? I’m thinking that too as I will have my first teen shortly.
Every parent struggles with How to Motivate Picky Eaters in Your Family. Katrina at Canadian Budget Binder offers some very practical suggestions.
Looking to advance in your career or possible change altogether? Miranda at Prairie Eco-Thrifter shares 6 Steps for Creating a More Successful Career.
Don’t forget to drop by tomorrow morning for an inspirational word in my Hidden Nuggets series.
Until then, have a great Saturday!
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