3 Reasons Behind the Rise in Plastic Surgery Procedures


Size acceptance and body positivity are becoming more and more mainstream, but according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, plastic surgery is still on the rise with over a quarter more cosmetic procedures carried out in 2018 compared to 2017. The number of people getting cosmetic procedures is steadily growing, despite the trends around accepting yourself. So, why are more people getting plastic surgery, despite more body positivity?

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What are the Top Cosmetic Procedures?

According to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the top five procedures are breast augmentation, rhinoplasty or nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, liposuction, and tummy tucks. Another procedure that has seen an increase in recent years is body-sculpting, which improves the contour, size or shape of various areas of your body such as the thighs or buttocks. This procedure reduces the excess skin and fat of your upper legs. Minimally-invasive procedures are also on the rise, including fillers, Botox, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser hair removal. 

Why Do People Seek Cosmetic Procedures?

Most people who seek cosmetic procedures from Salas Plastic Surgery do so in order to feel like the best version of themselves. Cosmetic procedures, when done well, allow a person to enhance their best features and look the same as they did before, but better. Some of the top reasons why cosmetic surgery has seen such an increase in recent years include:

  1. More Photos:

With the rise of social media and more screen time, we are seeing ourselves in more photos than ever before. If you think back to just a decade ago, you definitely wouldn’t have had so many pictures as we do today. Perhaps photos of you at a special event like a wedding or party would be posted but today, with several platforms and great cameras on our mobile devices, we’re seeing more and more pictures of ourselves – and noticing more things that we don’t like about our appearance and want to change. 

  1. It’s More Accepted:

With the rise of social media and more people getting plastic surgery and talking about it with their friends and family, cosmetic procedures have become much more accepted. People are no longer embarrassed about the fact that they want to undergo a cosmetic procedure to change something that they don’t particularly like about themselves and more people are comfortable sharing what they do for self-care, even when that involves a cosmetic procedure. 

  1. It’s Easier to Access:

Cosmetic surgery was once only for the rich and famous, but today, anybody can have a cosmetic procedure. Not only have these procedures become more accessible with more surgeons performing them, but they are also more affordable, particularly when it comes to the minimally invasive procedures. In addition, many cosmetic surgeons now offer payment plans that patients can use to spread the cost of their procedure over time making it easier for them to manage. 

Today, despite a growing trend of self-acceptance and self-love, more and more people are getting cosmetic surgery – often as a way of showing themselves this self-love and becoming the best version of themselves. 


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