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Choosing Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery has increased dramatically in popularity over the past 10 years. With this increase in popularity, attitudes have changed as well. Fewer people are growing older gracefully, while more and more are accepting the cosmetic surgery alternative.

Like nearly all fields, cosmetic surgery has undergone significant technological and conceptual changes in recent years. The conceptual changes have altered the approaches to facial aging, especially as they relate to the forehead, eyelids and lower face. Technological changes include the increasing use of the laser for facial cosmetic surgery, and minimally invasive techniques for face, breast and body contouring surgery.

Finally, while any elective surgical procedure carries some risk, the advances in cosmetic surgery have translated into faster patient recovery and more natural appearing results.

Why Do People Seek Cosmetic Surgery?

People undergo cosmetic surgery for many reasons.

  • They may want to look younger for professional or personal reasons.
  • They may want to change a feature they never liked.
Whatever the reason, the data doesn't lie. There were nearly 8.5 million cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures performed in 2001, an increase of 304% from 1997, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.