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Holiday Procedures and the Increasing Social Acceptance of Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Treatments

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A December article on Allure describes the increasing popularity of plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine during the holiday period, noting an increase by some 25 percent in procedures during the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This is according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), which notes that the combination of holiday breaks and gift giving has helped to drive the trend. While the holiday period is now behind us, it’s still worth noting that the popularity of procedures designed to improve the appearance will continue to increase for the foreseeable future. The reasons for the ongoing increase are many, including:

It’s Not Just for Women Anymore. While many people still hold onto the idea that plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments are primarily a feminine concern, the reality is that more and more men are obtaining many of the same procedures often associated with female patients. From traditional facelifts and injectable-based facial rejuvenation such as “Brotox,” to liposuction for dealing with pockets of fat that refuse to be dislodged by diet and exercise alone, men and women alike are increasingly realizing that improving their appearance can have a very positive impact on their lives.

Fighting Ageism. Our population is getting older, and women and men alike are, unfortunately, often judged by their apparent age, both at work and socially as well.  Fortunately, however, a host of traditional and newer procedures is making it possible for people from all walks of life to look more relaxed, healthier and more vital. Like it or not, our perceived age can often make a dramatic difference in how we are perceived. But procedures ranging from eyelid lifts to defeat baggy eyes, to surgical neck-lifts or the new injectable, Kybella, for defeating double-chins, women and men alike increasingly have the power to change their appearance and be perceived as the energetic and vital people they actually are.

Greater Confidence for Everyone. Most of us agree that self-confidence is one key to a happy life, but it’s easier to be confident if you’re pleased with the way you appear. The medical group adds that, whether patients are interested in buttock or breast augmentation to enhance their figure or a rhinoplasty (nose job) or neck lift to perfect their facial appearance, their skilled plastic surgeons will work with them to ensure that they feel and look their very best.

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