Removing the Plastic Surgery Stigma
Marlboro, NJ – A recent study commissioned by RealSelf, the leading online community dedicated to cosmetic surgery, found that one in five women are currently pursing options in their plastic surgeon’s office to enhance or correct a body part they are unhappy with. An additional 30 percent of women say they would consider plastic surgery to improve their appearance.
“We love seeing statistics like these,” says Dr. Andrew Miller. “Seeing more women embrace plastic surgery removes the stigma and shows the world that there is nothing to be ashamed of if you want to enhance or update your appearance. It’s becoming more mainstream, allowing more women to embrace all that we can offer.”
The study found that younger women, those in the 25-34 year old category in particular, are most likely to seek out surgery to correct something they dislike.
The study also found that regardless of other factors, such as age, ethnicity or race, the biggest area for concern is the midsection. Sixty five percent of women surveyed said their abdomen or back was their biggest problem area. Liposuction and abdominoplasty have been in the top five plastic surgery procedures performed for the last several years, and now we know why.
“In 2013, there were more than 11 million cosmetic procedures performed,” says Dr. Miller. “It goes far beyond just breast implants, and technology has enhanced so much that we are able to make subtle differences to a person’s appearance to make them look well rested and relaxed, rather than plastic and fake. This is a big reason why more women are interested in pursuing cosmetic procedures.”
In 2013, women accounted for more than 90 percent of the total cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. And we’ve seen that these aren’t women who are attempting to look 20 when they’re really 70, or who suffer from low self-esteem. Rather, they are women who simply want to be the best versions of themselves, and have realized that plastic surgery is a wonderful way to do that.
“One of my favorite things about my job is helping women look as beautiful on the outside as they feel on the inside,” says Dr. Miller. “Every day, women are learning the benefits plastic surgery can have on their lives, through both invasive and non-invasive procedures. I love seeing my patients embrace and own their beauty, and if a visit to my office can help them greet the world with a little more confidence, that’s a beautiful thing.”
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