Cosmetic Surgery on the Rise
It’s no secret that many Americans are uncomfortable with their bodies; in fact, recent surveys show that nearly 85% of Americans, both men and women, are unhappy with at least one aspect of their physical appearance. Perhaps because of this rampant dissatisfaction and insecurity, cosmetic surgeries are performed at increasingly high rates all across the country. From the largest cities to the smallest towns, surgical enhancement procedures have become such a common part of our society that people of all ages, races, income levels, and professions are seeking a more ideal physical appearance by going under the knife. For those not quite so brave, the appeal of non-surgical procedures like chemical peels, Botox and collagen injections, and laser liposuction provide visible results without the drastic step of surgery. From Alaska to Arkansas, it appears that America is ready for one big nationwide face lift.
While cosmetic surgeries are helping many people make significant improvements in their appearance, small changes that often lead to a healthier and more self-confident lifestyle, some people are simply taking it too far, giving the idea of cosmetic surgery a rather bad name. Before deciding whether or not you’re an ideal candidate for plastic surgery, it’s important to meet with a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon to discuss what you hope to accomplish by going under the knife, and which procedures may be the best alternatives for you. The number one reason that people end up feeling dissatisfied with the results of their surgery is that too many have unrealistic expectations going into the process. A face lift, nose job, or breast augmentation will slightly alter the way you look, but it won’t significantly alter your overall appearance or magically fix all your self-esteem issues. For many people, the desire to have cosmetic surgery is restricted to one area of the body, and often helps to correct an insecurity that’s been carried around since childhood.
In some cases, however, a person’s insecurities are so deeply rooted that there’s a desire to use treatments as a way to physically correct every imagined flaw that’s seen in the mirror through plastic surgeries. Sadly, many of these patients go through needless procedures and look physically beautiful, but still see flaws everywhere. It’s the duty of a reputable plastic surgeon to know when a patient will benefit from a treatment, and when undergoing the procedure will simply feed into a deeper psychological issue, often becoming an addiction. Realistic expectations are the best way to ensure a successful surgery, and protect both you and your surgeon in the long run.