Is deciding to have cosmetic surgery an act of self-expression or conformity? The latest statistics on plastic surgery in the United States suggests that the answer is "it depends". Plastic surgery can change your appearance to help you fit in, but it can also help you to create a unique expression of yourself.
Plastic Surgery is Popular
Statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show that plastic surgery is more popular than ever, with 15.9 million procedures performed in the United States in 2015. This figure includes hundreds of thousands of people who had well-known cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentations, liposuction, and tummy tucks.
Plastic Surgery is Diverse
"We're seeing much more diversity in the areas of the body patients are choosing to address," says David H. Song, President of the ASPS. As well as the standard breast lifts and tummy tucks, patients are choosing to address a wide range of other areas, from their upper arms to their buttocks, to create their perfect body.
Minimally Invasive Procedures Increase Options
If you're keen to express your individuality through cosmetic treatments, but you're nervous about having surgery, then a minimally invasive procedure could be perfect for you. More than 14 million minimally invasive procedures, such as soft tissue fillers and laser hair removal, were performed in 2015. Also known as dermal fillers, soft tissue fillers can create a smoother or fuller appearance in parts of your face and body. Fillers can plump up your lips, create rounder cheeks, or smooth out the folds between your nose and mouth to give you the individual appearance you desire.
Restoring a Sense of Self
One big area of growth in cosmetic surgery in 2015 is the number of breast reconstructions performed on breast cancer survivors, which increased by four percent following an awareness campaign by ASPS. Surgeons can choose from a range of surgical techniques to reconstruct breasts in a way that looks natural on women of all shapes and sizes. This treatment helps cancer survivors to feel like themselves again after everything they have been through.
Plastic Surgery Can Be Whatever You Want it to Be
Whether you want to create the unique appearance you've always wanted, or simply restore your body to the way it looked before illness or aging, plastic surgery can help you achieve your goals. Both individualists and conformists are using plastic surgery to help them fit in, stand out, and -- most importantly -- change their body so it matches their self-image.
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