Despite the slow economy in the United States, more Americans than ever are having plastic surgery. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) over 13 million procedures were performed last year. That’s up by 5%. You may want to check out SB Aesthetics for more.
The most common surgeries are breast augmentation at 318,123, liposuction at 289,016, and blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery at 152,123.
So why is plastic and cosmetic surgery so much in demand and what risks are people taking to get it?
The most obvious reason is that people want to look good and looking younger always helps in looking good. Plastic surgery boosts self-confidence. Not only do a person’s looks improve but he or she improves their attitude about themselves. Employers are more likely to hire them and others to find them attractive. If a person is overweight as well, weight loss surgery can help regain their youthful slimness faster and more permanently than dieting alone.
In today’s culture aging has no credibility at all. When so many multi-millionaires in Silicon Valley are under 30, getting older doesn’t even mean getting wiser, or more prosperous. In a recent study published by ASAPS people who had cosmetic surgery had no problems being identified by college students as 10 years younger than their actual age.
However, even with today’s technological advances, plastic surgery is still no cake walk. It is surgery and that carries automatic risks, such as:
-excessive or unexpected bleeding
-loss or change of sensation
-no satisfaction with results
-obsession with more surgeries
-high debt or bankruptcy due to cost
The last one should not be discounted. Though cosmetic surgery may be popular, a typical face lift costs between $4,000-$10,000 and a breast lift, between $3,000-$6,000 in the U.S. Unless it is associated with an accident or illness most employer insurance does not cover plastic surgery. Even countries that have government health insurance do not cover plastic surgery that is for cosmetic reasons only.