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Is Cosmetic Surgery Normal?

Is cosmetic surgery normal? A recent article in Time magazine suggests that it is. They state, “52% of people are considering aesthetic treatments, up from 30% two years ago. Cosmetic surgery has become the new makeup.”  We certainly believe that cosmetic surgery is normal. Our patients are male and female, some are wealthy and some are not. The common factor between them all is the desire to look and feel great. We love working with people and helping them achieve their ideal appearance.

The Changing Perceptions of Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery was once something people hid, but no more. As beautifully stated in the Time article, “Having work done lost nearly all of its shame years ago… Not having work done is now the new shame.” Men and women are increasingly choosing cosmetic procedures (13% increase from 2011 to 2014, almost double from 2000). Why the shift?

  • More Minimally Invasive Options– Last year minimally invasive options were by far the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. Minimally invasive procedures accounted for 13.9 million of the 15.6 million procedures last year. Minimally invasive options are often more affordable and require little to no downtime. Botulinum toxin treatments (like Botox) were the most popular treatment last year with a record setting 6.7 million treatments performed.
  • Social Media for Easier Sharing– Social media may also have an impact on the popularity of plastic surgery. Friends share their plastic surgery journeys and the constant influx of photos makes it easier to spot the signs of aging earlier, and when less invasive procedures might help.

More Accessibility

Plastic surgery is also more accessible than ever. Once only an option for the wealthiest patients, plastic surgery is now more available to middle class patients. The Time article says, “In 2005 more than two-thirds of cosmetic-surgery patients in the U.S. made $60,000 or less. Most people getting nonsurgical procedures probably made less.” You don’t have to be wealthy to enjoy the benefits of cosmetic enhancement. Regular, middle class men and women are taking control over the bodies and transforming their looks.

What do you want to change? Whether you’re considering breast augmentation, liposuction, a facelift, or something else, come see us. Dr. Velargo and Dr. Hendrick work closely together to provide patients with a one-stop option for cosmetic enhancement. Their unique specialties and backgrounds allow them to provide a wide range of surgical and non-surgical enhancements for the face and body. Call us today and schedule your appointment.