The Many Sides of Cosmetic Surgery

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There are many different reasons why people of all ages, race, and sex get cosmetic surgery today. The majority of people in today’s society get it done because they want to enhance their personal appearance. There are many types of surgeries performed today that are used to boost self-confidence such as, breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, liposuction, Botox, and other implants. There is a wide variety of surgeries out there that can change anything you want modified about yourself. As people get older they become more aware that they do not look like they did when they were 20 years old. Therefore, they turn to anti-wrinkle creams, Pilates, and cosmetic surgery. Botox and face-lifts are the most popular types of facial surgeries for the older generations. Liposuction and breast augmentations are also common for that age group too. With the younger crowd, I have found that it is more common for them to get breast augmentation, lip implants/injections, and rhinoplasty.

People turn to cosmetic surgery for medical reasons too. Many people have physical birth defects that use cosmetic surgeries to correct their deformities. In addition, people who have diseases or deformities utilize these surgeries. Many women who have lost the battle of breast cancer had to have their breasts removed . These patients have chosen to breast implants to boost their self-confidence and make them feel like they are women again. People who have scars from burns or almost any other physical deformity can choose a facial reconstruction to enhance their physical appearance. Gastric bypass surgery and lap bands are also very popular for obese individuals. Gastric bypass surgery actually removes a piece of one’s stomach to reduce the amount of food intake that the body allows. The surgery also restricts one from over eating and eating sweet foods. The lap band is a band that is placed around the stomach to reduce the space available for food to occupy the stomach. The lap band allows just about 3 oz. of space available for food consumption. It can also be removed at anytime unlike the gastric bypass surgery procedure is irreversible.

There were nearly 11.5 million surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2006, as reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Surgical procedures accounted for nearly 17% of the total with non-surgical procedures making up 83% of the total. From 2005-2006, there was a 1% increase in the total number of cosmetic procedures. Surgical procedures decreased by 9%, and non-surgical procedures increased by 3%. Surgical procedures consist of one being put under with general anesthesia or a local anesthesia for the area the medical procedure is being conducted and a doctor/surgeon cuts into the body with a scalpel or other medical instruments. Non-surgical procedures are less evasive and usually consist of using needles to inject the body with substances like collagen and Botox.

The top five surgical cosmetic procedures in 2006 were:
(Cosmetic surgery, the costs and risks,) Liposuction (403,684 procedures);
Breast augmentation (383,886Procedures);
Eyelid surgery (209,999 Procedures);
Abdominoplasty (172,457 procedures);
Breast reduction (145,822 procedures).

Women had over 10.5 million cosmetic procedures, 92 percent of the total. Surgical procedures decreased 9%; non-surgical procedures increased 4%. Since 1997, surgical procedures increased 123%, while non-surgical procedures have increased 749%. Men had nearly 1 million cosmetic procedures, 8 percent of the total. Surgical procedures decreased 9 percent; non-surgical Procedures decreased 3 percent. Since 1997, surgical procedures have decreased 2% while non-surgical procedures have increased 722%.

Patients ages 35-50 had the most procedures – 5.3 million and 47 % of the total. Patients age 19-34 had 22 % of procedures; age...
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