Is Plastic Surgery An Exercise In Vanity?

The rate of cosmetic procedures is increasing rapidly, and many people have found it to help them to have a happier and healthier life. Advances in technology and techniques have reduced costs over the last ten years, so the procedures are more affordable to most people. Plastic surgery is no longer the domain of celebrities and the entrance of these procedures into the mainstream are evident in surgery statistics.

In 2009 there were around 10 million cosmetic surgeries performed in the United States, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The growth in the number of surgeries should be no surprise since there are many people who have some feature or features that have always bothered them.

Even though many people still think plastic surgery is an exercise in vanity, studies are consistently indicating that successful procedures often produce positive impacts on personality as well as correcting the physical problems. So is having plastic surgery really vain? If so, then why do we not think about people who get braces on their teeth as being vain. So many more people each year are beginning to realize that they no longer have to put up with that little defect that has always bothered them.

If you have issues with something about your appearance, like a nose that you feel is too large or wrinkles that make you feel old, plastic surgery can make you feel better about yourself. Many cosmetic surgery patients report the feeling of being reborn after their procedure, and many of them regret not having done it sooner. Patients often state that they feel better, more confident, and comfortable because of their new appearance.

People who have always been held back by their physical appearance can often make sweeping positive changes in their social and work lives after surgery. Some patients who were formerly standoffish and viewed as anti social have made amazing transitions into socially active and confident people.

If you have physical attributes that have always bothered you, you may want to check out plastic surgery.

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