There has been a lot of news recently about the fact that plastic surgery is becoming more and more popular every year. Doctors in the US performed 15.6 million cosmetic procedures in 2014, according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). That’s about a 13% increase from 2011.
Like any new cosmetic trend, this rise in cosmetic procedures is a controversial topic, and, unsurprisingly, we think that the rising popularity of plastic surgery is great – and we’ve got the evidence to prove it. Here are a couple reasons why plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments becoming more popular is a good thing.
Cosmetic Transformation is Normal
If your friend had crooked teeth and wanted to get braces for cosmetic reasons, would you be adamantly against it? Most wouldn’t. Altering your natural appearance is a normal thing that many people do everyday with makeup, razors, acne products, hair dye, teeth whitening products; the list goes on.
In fact,according to a recent TIME Magazine article about plastic surgery, cosmetic products have been unaccepted by the mainstream throughout history. In the U.S. in the 19th century, women bought makeup under the counter because it was thought to be associated with prostitution. Again, in the 1930s, women got their hair dyed in basements so nobody would know they colored their hair. We notice this same kind of embarrassment over cosmetic enhancement today in plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments, and we’re happy to see it following the same trend of acceptance. It’s ok to want to improve your appearance and look the way you want to look.
Improved Quality of Life & Higher Self Esteem
The most important reason as to why it’s a good thing plastic surgery is becoming more popular is that it can help people improve their quality of life and boost their self-esteem.
A long-term study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science showed that plastic surgery patients demonstrated more enjoyment of life, satisfaction and greater self esteem after treatment. Of course, there are other ways to boost self-esteem, but plastic surgery and non-surgical treatments, such as Botox(r) and filler, can definitely help, while still looking natural. It’s exciting to think that more people than ever have the opportunity to improve the things about their appearance that make them feel uncomfortable or unhappy.
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