As of 2010, 1.6 million plastic surgery procedures were completed in the United States. That’s a lot of do-overs! The most popular surgeries were liposuction, eyelid surgery, nose reshaping, and the tummy tuck, but the one that tops the list by far is breast augmentation. Utah, in point of fact, came in 8th in the country for the number of plastic surgeons per capita (a little under 6 per 100,000 people) who are board-certified. Of course, one of the main reasons for the higher than average number of Certified Plastic Surgeons near Salt Lake City may come from the top-notch teaching facilities at the University of Utah.
On average, studies show that there has been an increase of 65% in breast augmentations and lifts as well as tummy tucks – just those three procedures alone – since 2000. Part of this rise can be attributed to the prevalence of younger and younger women going in to get “mommy makeovers”. Whereas 10 years ago the most common sight in the waiting room was the 50ish woman wanting to turn back the clock, now it is the 30-somethings wanting to get ahead of the game.
There are multiple facets to the benefits of plastic surgery – both physical and emotional. The desired result for most any cosmetic surgery is balance and proportion. Often a person’s one feature that seems disproportionate (their nose is too large or bust is too small/large) can make their entire image off-balance, even if that perspective is only their own. A good plastic surgeon takes all of the individual’s features into consideration and works to bring that person back into balance. The end result is almost always a healthier look as well, and many patients find that this aspect bleeds over into other areas of their lifestyle.
Plastic surgery often makes a physical change that provides the patient better range of motion and the ability to be more physically active. These changes can open doors that had previously been closed and allow the individual to get involved in activities like swimming or Zumba classes they wouldn’t have considered before the procedure. Sometimes an out-sized or under-sized feature causes an individual to feel abnormal, that they stand out in a crowd and that is uncomfortable. Bringing that feature into balance and proportion can give them relief from a lifetime of feeling like they don’t fit in.
The emotional benefits from this kind of relief are tremendous and liberating. Being comfortable in your own body makes a big difference in how you treat yourself and this affects how others treat you as well. It really can’t be denied that plastic surgery enhances life, and sometimes allows a person to travel paths they might never have gotten to without it. At the end of the day, it’s about improvement. Improving the way you look can improve the way you feel. Improving your lifestyle can improve the way you feel. Individuals will often become more confident, outgoing, and personable, all of which leads to a heightened sense of self-esteem, and these are benefits that can last a lifetime.