Who Hasn’t Had Cosmetic Surgery?

cosmeticThe latest research
Any cosmetic surgeon will say that fashions for certain procedures are constantly coming and going. Recent studies suggest that the latest craze is for anti-ageing surgery. The percentages of patients going under the knife for neck and face lifts has shot up recently, as well as significant rises in surgery on drooping eyelids and transfer of fat. Surgeries such as this are an alternative to non-surgical procedures like fillers and Botox, but experts say the public are more aware of the fact that only surgery can make a difference once skin has become loose. This is the first time that fat transfer has been more popular than liposuction, which removes it.

The research also showed that the overall number of procedures had gone up by 0.2 per cent, but there was a noticeable drop in popularity for certain treatments. Breast augmentation, for example, was less in demand than previous years, despite remaining the most overall popular treatment, possibly due to the scandal surrounding PIP implants. Tummy tucks and liposuction also suffered a dip, which could be a result of people heading back to the gym in the grip of Olympic fever.

Although surgery to reduce ‘moobs’ has gone down in popularity, it was still the procedure with the third highest popularity for men. Roughly one in ten cosmetic surgery patients is male, despite the overall percentage of male patients dropping slightly.

Influence of social media

The increase in surgeries such as nose jobs and facelifts is down to the constant increase in the use of social media, according to some psychologists. Surgeons have reported patients coming to them because they are unhappy with the way they look on sites like Facebook and Twitter. Social media means people are exposed more than ever to how they appear in photographs, and are more likely to be seen by others.

cosmetic-2Dangers of drastic procedures
Psychologists and surgeons alike have warned against having multiple procedures that drastically alter a patient’s appearance. The risk is that people do not take into account the long-term impact sudden changes can have on their identity, and their attachment to their facial appearance. TV personality Heidi Montag, for example was left virtually unrecognisable after undergoing ten cosmetic surgery procedures in one day, including chin reduction, breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, ear-pinning and brow-lifts.

Adapting to changes more gradually, by having less drastic cosmetic surgery over a longer period of time is the recommended course, such as the changes undergone by Megan Fox between 2004 and 2011. Examples of the pitfalls of growing addicted to dramatic surgical procedures include Ukranian model and internet sensation Valeria Lukyonova, who had numerous procedures, reportedly in order to look like a Mattel doll, as well as Joan Rivers, whose family once staged an intervention to try to stop her going under the knife.