Size acceptance and body positivity are now part of the cultural lexicon, yet according to figures from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, about a quarter of a million more cosmetic procedures were performed in 2018 than in 2017.
And this is not a new trend. The number of people receiving cosmetic procedures around the world has increased steadily over the last five years.
In body sculpting techniques such as buttock lifts, which improve the contour, size or shape of the buttocks, and thigh lifts, which reduce excess skin and fat on the upper legs, are increasing.
Cosmetic procedures performed by doctors point to a number of reasons why people preach "Don't let anyone judge your appearance. Cell phones, selfies and social media platforms have increased the desire for surgery.
If you think back to 10 years ago, let alone 25, you'll rarely see yourself in pictures. Maybe a birthday or a wedding, usually a special occasion. Now, with mobile devices and platforms, we're seeing literally hundreds, if not thousands, of images of ourselves, which also document ageing. In other words, we are all under constant scrutiny, by ourselves.
Now, with the rise of social media, people are in the recovery room, posting about what they've been through and sending photos to friends showing their bandages on their noses. People are much more comfortable owning their own self-care rituals, including those involving needles and knives.
Millennials feel like they don't have to apologize for their decisions, no matter what, and this attitude makes other generations feel like they shouldn't apologize either. At some point in the recent past, cosmetic plastic surgery was only for the wealthy.
patient is usually a working professional, often a dual-income family or a stay-at-home mother who now, after having children, wants to get back to the body she once was.
Cosmetic procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical, have become more affordable. There are many financing options, from medical credit cards and personal loans to payment plans offered by consultants.
Techniques used in cosmetic procedures are becoming safer and more reliable. Doctors now have the equipment and products they need. Non-surgical treatment is a rapidly evolving field. Lasers didn't exist 10 years ago.
Maybe lifting your lips may do you no good other than boost your self-confidence. But under certain circumstances, some cosmetic treatments can benefit your health. For example, Botox has been shown to help with conditions like chronic migraines, excessive sweating, and perhaps major depression.
Women who choose breast reduction often get rid of disc or back problems. And plastic surgery allows those who have had weight-loss surgery to shed excess skin, which can lead to serious rashes and infections.
According to a 2019 survey by RealSelf/Harris Poll, the top triggers for people who have had or are considering cosmetic treatments are improved self-esteem/confidence and to look as good as they feel.
Despite all the changes in the technical aspects of cosmetic surgery, human desires and motivations remain the same. We all want to present the best of ourselves to the world.