Plastic And Cosmetic Surgery

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In recent years, plastic and cosmetic surgery has become more saturated in society through magazines, television programs, and advertisements that promise attractiveness and youth. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2015, 17.1 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States, 115% increase from 2000 (1st) . The surge in available providers as well as lower costs and less invasive procedures appeal to the majority. Provided conditions under which the maintenance of outer appearance is made important, cosmetic surgery constructs the need as well as legitimization. The normalization of cosmetic surgery is the result of the 2011 chin obsession, 2013 butt trend, and the 2014 battle of the breasts and pecs. The desire for the perfect pout in 2016 ultimately brought significant change and popularity to cosmetic surgery. 2011 saw the dramatic 71 percent jump from 2010 in mentoplasty (chin augmentation) procedures for men and women. The key proponent for mentoplasty came about from the desire for youthfulness and success in the workplace (2nd). “The chin […] is the first area to show signs of aging” (ASPS President Malcolm Z. Roth, MD). 2011 saw more patients seeking subtle changes such as blepharoplasty (eye lift), fillers, injections, laser hair removal and rejuvenation (3rd). Patients between the ages of 40-54 years of age saw the largest change at 77 percent while 55 came in at a close second (70%) and ages 30-39 at 69 percent (4th).
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