How popular is plastic surgery?

If you want to stir up some controversy when talking to a group of medical providers, ask them their opinions on “plastic surgery.” You will get a full spectrum of pro- and con opinions on this topic that reflect how people in the greater population see it as well. Some see it as an essential and vital part of medical care which helps people who suffered severe trauma (such as burns or car crashes) to recover some of their aesthetic looks and lead a normal life.

plastic_surgeryThese people will even view elective plastic surgery (like breast implants and nose jobs) as important medical procedures if it helps people who get these operations to lead more joyful and positive lives. Other medical providers see this type of surgery as reinforcing some of the more negative aspects of contemporary Western culture. “Why are people so obsessed with getting the ‘perfect’ body image and will go to such extreme degrees as having their bodies cut on to get it?” they may ask. No matter what the opinion, medical care workers cannot ignore the popularity of this type of surgery. Almost 15 millions procedures are peformed annually in the United States alone.

These run the gamut of very minimally invasive procedures (such as Botulinum toxin injections) to very large surgeries (such as breast reconstruction). Do not forget – these numbers are for the United States alone. They do not include other developed countries that have well-established medical systems (such as Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom). And, as other nations become wealthier and more developed (like China), we can expect that plastic surgical procedures will only expand in popularity in those places, too