Body-Shaping Surgeries Are On The Rise

Body-shaping surgeries are on the rise. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has revealed some statistics on cosmetic procedures.

ASPS reports that in 2018, around 18 million people in the United States endured surgical and cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic surgical procedures have been on the rise over the past 5 years in the country.

However, it is important to know the difference between cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery. Cosmetic surgery is a surgical procedure which focuses on reshaping and changing the appearance of a body part. Plastic surgery is a reconstruction of body parts that have undergone damage due to disease or burns.

The researchers behind an earlier study looked at 204 questionnaires as they wanted to find out which factors are responsible to drive people to undergo cosmetic surgery.

They analyzed questions about life satisfaction, religiosity, media consumption, self-rated physical attractiveness, and attitude toward cosmetic surgery.

The analysis showed that the rate of getting cosmetic surgery was higher among women who had few religious beliefs and high media exposure as well as who noted their life satisfaction, attractiveness, and self-esteem as low.

ASPS President Dr. Alan Matarasso says, “With liposuction, one treatment may be all you need to reshape problem areas. A plastic surgeon can treat more areas — and larger areas — in one procedure.”

ASPS further reported that the rate of getting minimally invasive cosmetic procedures has increased in 2018. it also found 4 and 5 percent rise in liposuction and breast augmentation respectively from 2017. Botulinum toxin type A (Botox) rose by 3 percent, soft tissue fillers by 2, and chemical peels increased 1 percent from 2017.







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Jocelyne Miller

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