Cosmetic procedures have been performed for much longer than we think, but those that underwent the knife were much more likely to keep it a secret than most people now. There used to be almost a shame associated with cosmetic procedures, that is ceasing to exist in the modern world.
The data shows that millions more people are having cosmetic procedures every year, ranging from surgical such as tummy tucks, or breast augmentation to the less invasive like dermal fillers.
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Why has there been such a dramatic rise in cosmetic surgery in the last few years? We’ll go through some of the reasons below.
Smartphones are extremely commonplace now, nearly everyone you know will have one.
This means that photos are being taken at a rate never before seen in history, so it is easy to scrutinize your appearance and every unflattering angle that has been taken, which also leads to looking for cosmetic surgery.
There are many articles and studies on whether or not social media is a positive thing or nor, but we’re not going to go over the morality of it here.
With the rise of social media, we have access to other people’s lives in a way never seen before. We can easily follow our favorite celebrity or influencer in every aspect of their lives, and we want to emulate them.
Pictures posted on social media often have hours of work gone into them, for makeup, clothing, poses, lighting, and then the photo will have been filtered and changed in some way. So we see our favorite influencer with a picture ‘perfect’ body and want to look similar.
Therefore, people will often seek out procedures to reach the image of themselves they have.
It is much easier to find a clinic that suits you, however. Clinics like masriclinic.com will often have a social media presence, allowing you to easily see reviews and before and after pictures.
In previous years, cosmetic surgeries were not talked about. Favorite doctors were discussed in whispers at a cocktail party, and patients would go on extended ‘holidays’ only returning once the bruises had faded, claiming nothing had changed.
Now, cosmetic surgery is widely accepted. No-one bats an eye if their friend, family, or colleague has a procedure done.
Cosmetic surgery is widely talked about, patients will often post about their surgeries on the day they’re being carried out, both before and after whilst in the clinic.
There are some procedures that can be carried out in a lunch break, so it’s common to pop out and get some quick lip filler whilst your office mates are eating their sandwiches.
The fact that cosmetic surgery is so widely posted about and talked about means it’s no longer looked on as shameful to have done.
Cosmetic surgery used to be prohibitively expensive, meaning only the richest could afford to have it done.
Now, with more people having procedures as it becomes more widely accepted, the price is driven down.
This means you don’t have to be one of the wealthiest to have a cosmetic procedure, and nor do you need to put yourself into a mountain of debt for years to come.
We have all seen those pictures of celebrities twenty years ago who had the stretched, shiny faces and the overly plumped lips.
The surgeries available were minimal, and it was obvious when you’d had surgery. Now, there have been many advances in technology, and the results can be much more natural and subtle.
If you do decide to get a cosmetic procedure done, then more power to you! However, there are some things you should think about first.
Consider why you want the surgery done. You are an individual and you are beautiful, if you want surgery to make you feel better about something then go ahead, but never have surgery to impress someone, or make you look like someone else. Your individuality is what makes you, you. And that’s beautiful.
Be realistic about the changes you want to make and discuss them at length with your chosen doctor before the surgery.
Research your doctor carefully and have a thorough consultation with them. Ensure they are regulated and licensed by the appropriate authority in their country or state.
A good doctor will be honest with you about what they can do, and they won’t try to promise something they can’t deliver, or push you towards getting more than you want.