Seeking Perfection: a Modern Epidemic

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Seeking Perfection: A Modern Epidemic

America’s quest in seeking perfection has increased cosmetic procedures by 846% since 1980. According to the latest procedural statistics report, put out by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a little over 12 million cosmetic procedures in 2007 alone. These statistics, translate to roughly 13,600 patients on a daily basis (D’Amico, 2008). With the invention of cosmetic surgery, the objective was to help the wounded and people born with defects more than 4,000 years ago (ASPS), despite breathtaking increases in modern day use for sculpting the perfect image. Therefore, advancement of procedures, various affordable financing, and the effects of society’s influence may have contributed to the increase of cosmetic surgery. One thought is cosmetic surgeon’s continuous education and advancement in procedures, have contributed to the dramatic increase of cosmetic surgery. For instance, a physician’s knowledge and their ability to perform a successful procedure, weighs heavily in a person’s decision to undergo cosmetic enhancement. This aspect leads physicians to partake in a wide variety of continuing education choices. In fact, this education is a yearly membership requirement of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (2009). Furthermore, taking in consideration just a few of the continuing advancements developed to surpass previous results from cosmetic procedures; it is easy to see why the ASPS require this training. Specifically, these improvements include, reducing length of procedure, while lowering the level of difficulty, as well as decreasing the recovery period for the patient. With that in mind, continuing education courses, seminars, and training on new procedural equipment is non-negotiable in terms of staying on top of the ever-changing field. Before understanding how the field of plastic surgery has evolved over the years, knowledge of its origin along with first procedure methods is...
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