As more people want to look and feel their most confident, the popularity of cosmetic surgery procedures like nose jobs, facelifts and other surgeries continues to grow. In 2011 alone, Americans underwent an astounding 14 million different cosmetic procedures and spent $10.1 billion to do so.
And while cosmetic surgery may be more popular than ever, you might not know as much about the facts and realities of this field as you think you do.
Here are three facts about cosmetic surgery that no doctor will tell you — and that you may have a hard time believing:
Cosmetic surgery’s popularity is fueled by women
Because women are more likely to experience societal and social pressure to look perfect all the time, an overwhelming majority of procedures like rhinoplasty and the stereotypical Los Angeles facelift are underwent by women. In fact, an astonishing 81% of all surgical and non-surgical plastic surgery procedures are performed on women.
Social media is making more people get plastic surgery
Studies are showing the surprising effect that social media is having on our collective self-confidence. A study from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reveals that the selfie — a picture of one’s self — is causing an upswing in the number of people who choose facial cosmetic surgery. People’s dissatisfaction with their social media photos was shown to cause a 10% increase in rhinoplasty procedures from 2012 to 2013; hair transplants increased by 7% and eyelid surgeries increased by 6%.
Not all cosmetic surgery is superficial
A good number of cosmetic surgeries aren’t actually performed on the stereotypical, self-absorbed blonde with implants and a nose job. Many cosmetic surgeries are rather reconstructive in nature; these surgeries are for those who have been involved in a serious accident or illness that has affected their appearance. In 2011, about 5.5 million people had reconstructive cosmetic surgery, and the number continues to rise each year.
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