this is a story from cleo mag STORY OF THE WEEK "Lipo ruined my marriage" "Every since I was a teenager, I've always hated my legs. They're totally out of proportion to the rest of my body. I guess you'd call me "pear-shaped". During my 20s, I worked out and tried to watch my diet, but nothing seemed to change my shape which is why I decided to get liposuction. I met with three different doctors before I finally had the courage to go through with the procedure. The doctor I chose seemed to have a lot of experience. He explained the procedure and showed me before and after pictures of his previous patients. Dimpled, saggy butt cheeks were transformed into smooth, peachy mounds exactly what I wanted. Whatever he said about the pain and swelling seemed a small price to pay for the end result. On the day of the surgery, I was nervous but more excited than anything else. My husband was excited too; he imagined I was going to end up looking like some sort of pin-up. Unfortunately, we were both totally wrong. I was given general anaesthetic for the surgery and went home a few hours later. I hardly remember going into the operating room and, the next thing I knew, I was in the recovery room. I felt like I'd been hit by a truck. I could tell right away there was a difference in the shape of my thighs, it looked like I'd gone from a size 14 to a 10 overnight. But they looked like burnt eggplant I was totally blue and purple. The doctor gave me a girdle to wear, which I did for several weeks. Even though it was irritating, it actually felt better to wear it. It wasn't until weeks later, when I was out of the girdle, that I noticed my thighs were full of bumps. I didn't look anything like the pictures I'd been shown. Not only was I covered in dimples as big as I was, I'd never had cellulite but the bruising wasn't getting any better. I've since been told that, although liposuction is relatively simple to perform, when it isn't done correctly it can leave the skin dented and uneven, and can cause excessive bruising, which is exactly what I had. My misshapen legs were the result of the surgeon being too aggressive with the suction. I couldn't live with myself looking that way, and my only option was further surgery. I was too scared to go back to the same doctor, so I had to fork out more money for a reputable surgeon. Believe me, liposuction costs might seem a small price to pay for perfect results but, when it doesn't go right, the side effects can be expensive. It cost me another $3000 for the doctor to reshape what was left, after already paying $4000 for the first operation. The botched job not only took its toll on my bank balance, it also ruined my relationship. I lost all my self-esteem, my sex life gradually became non-existent and a year later, my husband left me. I might be happier with the shape of my thighs now, but the experience certainly hasn't bought me true happiness. Plastic surgery isn't a quick fix; nothing's worth going through what I have, just because of body image."