Is Kate Gosselin Encouraging Plastic Surgery?

MakenzieR on 7 Jun 2011 at 11:00am

Kate Gosselin tummy tuckWhy are people upset about Kate Gosselin being happy with her tummy tuck? 

Kate famously received a tummy tuck on national TV during an episode of her hit TLC show. She hasn't been shy about how pleased she was with the results, but is now being criticized for "advocating plastic surgery." 

A Twitter fan asked her "As my wife goes in her for her tummy surgery after three large pregnancies, any advice?"

Kate replied "yes! [sic] Get through the first two weeks of pain and yuck and it'll be the BEST decision you've ever made! How's that? ;)"

In a post on Gather.com, writer Kimberly Ripley rants "Our society of cosmetic quick fixes is crazy enough as it is. People don't need Kate Gosselin going around telling women they'll be oh, so happy if they have a tummy tuck. Kate Gosselin pregnant with sextuplets It's absurd. It's not reality. It's unbelievably expensive. And it's probably not in the best interest ofevery woman's health."

A tummy tuck is a serious decision. True, Kate got hers for free. The average cost is $8400, and that's without a full Mommy Makeover. But plenty of women on RealSelf save their money to gift themselves this life-changing surgery, and they are just as pleased as Kate with their decision. 

I can't imagine any woman, no matter how happy she was with her results, implyling that all moms would be happier if they did this. It's apparent in almost any tummy tuck review that it takes a lot of time and research to make a decision, and even more time to prepare and recover. But for 91% of RealSelf members, it was all worth it. So why shouldn't they share their elation when asked? 

Does giving someone solicited advice equate to advocation? Because it's on her Twitter and other female followers will read it, does that mean she's encouraging them to run to a plastic surgeon? 

Kate Gosselin after tummy tuck          Tummy tuck before and afters

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