The Most Common Reasons People Choose Plastic Surgery
Twenty-five years ago, plastic surgery was seen as a sort of ‘taboo’. It was considered immoral and even shameful to change your body or try to hide your years surgically. ‘Aging gracefully’ was considered dignified, and those who did a face-lift or had breast implants were always in tabloid magazines.
More than just being the hottest gossip topic, plastic surgery was also something expensive and unattainable that only Hollywood celebrities could afford. On the other hand, even they usually claimed that they had never had any surgery done.
Today the situation is much different, people are not afraid to undergo a cosmetic procedure since it’s more affordable and no longer seen as something shameful.
1- Overcoming old wounds
Plastic surgeons have been working a lot these past years, since plastic surgery has been very popular. More and more people, both men and women, come to clinics to have some work done. The reasons vary: sometimes the patients are recovering from an accident, sometimes it’s a birth defect that made them come, or it’s about attempts to remove scars and move on.
People can feel fear, embarrassment, or they can have difficulty in their everyday routine and want to change that. Letting go of your past and moving on is a big deal, and people sometimes want to forget about the pain and suffering they have been through and live an ordinary life.
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2- The inner self
The reasons why people choose plastic surgery are not always so grim; they can come from purely aesthetic reasons. It’s a feeling that a certain aspect of their bodies could be changed and in a way improved that makes them make an appointment at a clinic.
Even with the number of surgeries exponentially growing, surgeons state that it’s common to hide the fact that you’re going to a cosmetic surgery clinic. It’s not about being ashamed but about self-esteem, states Dr Bryan Mendelson, a successful plastic surgeon from Melbourne. He points out that people don’t undergo surgery to win someone over or become someone else, but because of their inner self.
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3- You look tired
According to CBS News, in the past ten years, the most common surgical procedures were fat transfer, eyelid surgery, breast augmentation, dermabrasion, and brow and face lifts. The older you get, the more coworkers and friends ask you the same question “Are you tired?”.
You can even wake up feeling refreshed and happy, but after hearing this question, the reflection in the mirror stops being vibrant and fresh, and becomes tired instead. You see bags under your eyes and saggy skin everywhere, and you want to do something about it.
There is no great secret behind the surgeries, it seems – people who choose to have ‘work done’ simply want to look as young and fresh as they feel on the inside.
4- When diet and exercise don’t help
People commit themselves fully to strict diet and exercise regimes in attempt to get the body shape they always wanted. The most persistent and dedicated ones succeed in their mission and drastically reduce the amount of body fat. The aftermath, however, is not always so nice.
You can sweat in the gym as much as you like, but sometimes you will not get your muscles and skin back in their previous shape. This usually happens after pregnancy, extreme weight loss, or weight gain, and if a change is drastic, the only thing that can help is surgery. An abdominoplasty procedure, which is also called ‘tummy tuck’, makes your abdominal area firmer by tightening the muscles of your abdominal wall.
Excess skin and excess fat tissue get removed and with them also the stretch marks which appear when the skin is stretched too much, leaving you with a narrower, scar-free waistline.
5- What can you do about genetics?
Being born a certain way is not something that you can influence, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t change it later on. Genes that you inherit from your parents shape your look: the size of your lips, the colour of your eyes, the shape of your nose and chin…
We are not always satisfied with what Mother Nature has given us, and that’s perfectly understandable.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to improve the way you look, so people often decide to do a nose job or get fuller lips instead of hating the way they look. These cosmetic procedures help them deal with their insecurities and improve their self-confidence. However, psychologists say it’s important to know when to stop because you can become addicted to plastic surgery.
The wrong reason to choose plastic surgery
It has already been pointed out many times that the main reason people choose plastic surgery is because of their self-esteem: they want to get their self-esteem back. On the other hand, people sometimes want to get something (or someone) else back too.
Revenge plastic surgery is a ‘thing’, states for CNN Dr. Anthony Youn, a board-certified plastic surgeon. People who are recently divorced want to change their appearance in attempts to get back with their ex-partner or spouse who left them for somebody younger.
The only reason why you should want to go under the knife is your desire to look and feel better, and not because you want to get someone back.
It doesn’t matter what surgery you choose to do, it’s important to be honest and open about it, at least with the members of your family and your closest friends.
Don’t try to hide your plans, but also don’t let others tell you what to do or what not to do. After all, the decision should be solely yours, and your closest ones should be there to support you and help you while you’re recovering from the procedure.
Be honest with yourself as well, because if you choose to have a procedure for a wrong reason, you will not be satisfied with the results regardless of how good they actually are.
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