Before cosmetic and plastic surgery hit the mainstream market in the United States, body-transformation procedures were reserved for those who had experienced a major accident, or for those that had been injured severely by a violent crime or other incident. Today, cosmetic surgery has become a vanity procedure for many, an opportunity to defy nature and create an ‘ideal’ silhouette.
According to a recent survey conducted by The Associated Press, almost half the women in the United States have a negative attitude towards their bodies, and are not happy with their weight. Almost 25% of these women were open to having cosmetic surgery to fix their flaws and improve their appearance. The most coveted procedures were tummy tucks, breast augmentation and liposuction.
The survey showed that in many cases, women were looking for a quick-fix solution for their weight and figure problems, and would rather go under the knife than commit to a lifetime of exercise and healthy eating in order to achieve their ideal figure. Many patients who do undergo plastic or cosmetic surgery report that the expense and pain were well worth it; they would rather go through a pricey and painful procedure instead of making major lifestyle changes. (Source: RealSelf.com)
Plastic and cosmetic surgeons are well-aware of these startling trends, and understand that many women’s goals for surgery are based on media ideals and social pressures. All surgeons are required to conduct an in-person consultation with the prospective candidate to determine if the woman has a healthy perception about her body, and is expecting realistic results. If they think the woman has been misinformed about what the procedure entails, or has unrealistic expectations about the procedure, the surgeon has the right to turn down the request for surgery.
Still, many surgeons fuel the trend for surgery by promoting how ‘safe’ and simple many procedures are, and in some cases, encourage women to get more done than they intended. Ultimately, it is up to the patient to decide if they will truly be satisfied with their change in appearance and if going under the knife really is worth it.