Why has there been a 274% increase in the number of cosmetic surgeries since 1997?
Studies have shown that over recent years more and more people have been turning to cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic Surgery is focused on enhancing an individuals appearances and there are a broad spectrum of the different types of cosmetic surgeries offered. 87% of women are unhappy with at least one aspect of their appearance and this is what makes cosmetic surgery more desirable. I found this increase intriguing and decided to further my knowledge on the topic.
There are several things that may impact the decision to undergo a cosmetic surgery. Many turn to cosmetic surgeries to fix what they believe to be imperfect. One of the biggest impacts on the cosmetic surgery increase is the media. To begin, models are portrayed in an unrealistic way and many desire to look like those that they see in magazines. In addition, television shows that promote cosmetic surgery impact peoples decisions to undergo a cosmetic procedure. Examples of shows that promote cosmetic surgery are: The Swan, Extreme Makeover, Miami Slice, Dr. 90210, I Want a Famous Face, and Plastic Wives. These shows make cosmetic surgery seem as a positive experiences that will enhance a persons life when in reality it may be the opposite. 57% of first time cosmetic surgery seekers report watching one of these shows on a regular basis.
What people don't always understand are the negative impacts a cosmetic surgery can have on an individual. Cosmetic surgery can be psychologically very difficult on a person. Believing that something about yourself needs to be altered is ultimately what compels people to turn to cosmetic surgery. Body image is ultimately low in those who decided to undergo cosmetic surgeries. Not only are the surgeries physical damaging and draining, but they can emotionally be very difficult. It is common for those who undergo cosmetic surgeries to have Body Dysmorphic Disorder. These surgeries can ultimately lead to depression, lower self-esteem, and an increased risk of suicide. Although there are many negative impacts, positive outcomes can also come out of undergoing a surgery. Many see an increase in confidence and body image once they have altered their appearance with a cosmetic surgery.