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The desire to become beautiful had never changed, had never lessened in intensity, but rather society's attitude adjusted to allow individuals the freedom to pursue plastic surgery as a means of achieving their goals. The 1960s and 70's saw a literal explosion in the demand for plastic surgery. At the same time, plastic surgery techniques were being honed and refined. Increasing demand stimulated new and ever improving technological advances in the field. This continues today at an ever-increasing rate, as evidenced by laser technology and the rapid changes in the field of visualization.
Today plastic surgery enjoys an acceptance unparalleled throughout time. Last year in the United States alone approximately 3 million plastic surgical procedures were performed. And this is, most likely, a very conservative estimate. The most common procedures are listed in descending order of magnitude.
1.Rhinoplasty or nasal refinement. ( 500,00 )
2.Skin resurfacing ( peels ) using laser, chemicals, or dermabrasion. ( 475,000 )
3.Blepharoplasty or eyelift. ( 350,000 )
4.Liposuction or body sculpting. ( 300,000 )
5.Rhytidectomy or facelift. ( 200,000 )
6.Breast Augmentation/Reduction. ( 150,000 )
7.Hair Replacement ( 140,000 )
8.Implant Augmentation of the face/body ( 130,000 )
9.Browlift or forehead lift. ( 60,000 )
10.Otoplasty or ear pinning. ( 45,000 )
11.Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. ( 30,000 )
There is no question that people are seeking plastic surgery in record numbers. The figures can easily double or triple in the next decade, yet many individuals still don't understand exactly what plastic surgery is. What it does and what it can or can not accomplish. Plastic surgery, or more aptly put aesthetic surgery, is the improvement and/or replacement of existing features. This may be a simple chemical peel of the face, total body liposuction, a facelift or something in between. The fact of the matter is that people are constantly looking for ways to improve themselves and their appearance is certainly no exception. While the reason and degree of acceptance may have changed throughout time the driving desire to improve ones looks has remained constant.
Plastic surgery has, in recent years become increasingly more commonplace. This is due in part to a few celebrities that have "come out of the closet", so to speak, admitting to some nips and tucks of their own. Phyllis Diller was, most likely, one of the first celebrities to stand up and support plastic surgery as a reasonable alternative to growing old gracefully. Since then numerous others have in one way or another admitted to having gone under the knife. Dolly Parton has discussed her surgery openly. So has Joan Rivers and Roxanne. Many other celebs have reluctantly spoken about their plastic surgery and many more rumors abound about celebrities and what plastic surgeries they may have had.
When celebrities admit to having had aesthetic surgery it sends a very powerful message to others that hold them in such high regard. I believe that once the average person discovered that their favorite celebrity had a little help in their quest for beauty, they felt that-if it's good enough for them it must be ok for me. And that is the prevailing attitude about plastic surgery today.
Most would agree with an individuals right to pursue beauty through plastic surgery as long as it is performed with the proper aesthetics in mind. Although beauty is being sought at an ever-increasing pace few have ever asked why? What is it that we find so attractive? What are the ideal features and even more importantly can we have the same or similar looking ones? These are the questions that must be answered.
The field of plastic surgery continues to evolve with exciting advances for the future especially in the areas of artistic representation and post operative healing. What once only artists could envision, plastic surgeons will someday create. What once took weeks to heal following surgery may take only hours.
Advances in the field of retarding the aging process will occur. With the recent discovery of the gene that controls aging, and the so-called immortal cells that are being grown in a scientists lab, these issues are rapidly moving from the realm of science fiction to the forefront of modern medicine. These discoveries may some day allow us to live longer and healthier lives. More and more emphasis will be placed on not only feeling good but also looking good.
Things that seem incredible today will become commonplace. One example is the ability of a surgeon to perform remote surgery with the aid of virtual reality. Just think about having the expertise of the world's top surgeons at your instant beck and call without leaving your own city. In virtual reality, the surgeon will perform your surgery with the aid of an on site robotic device that instantly relays sensations of touch and pressure. This will be done without the surgeon ever leaving his hometown.
Computers will play an even greater role in the initial evaluation of individuals thereby enhancing the aesthetic ability of the surgeon-however it is doubtful that the surgeon will be replaced by automation anytime in the near future. For it is the human imprint that recognizes beauty-and without the ability to recognize beauty and its component parts -there is a zero chance of it being successfully recreated.
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