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Although there seems to be more acceptance of people’s bodies today, there is no question that there are more plastic surgeries being done than years ago.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that almost 250,000 more plastic surgery procedures were done in 2018 than in 2017. Yet, despite the push for people to accept themselves as they are, millions of Americans are still choosing permanent plastic surgery procedures to enhance their look and provide a boost of self-esteem.

According to Lara Devgan, Chief Medical Officer at RealSelf, many patients want plastic surgery to be the best version of themselves. They seem to want to still look like themselves, but look better than they did before.

Plastic surgery is the best open to long-term, even permanent results to be the best version of yourself. While procedures such as Botox can provide excellent outcomes, the results are temporary and must be repeated every few months. Plastic surgery offers a long-term fix.

Below are more reasons that patients are seeking permanent results with plastic surgery.

They Want Acceptance

There was a time when people were ashamed of having plastic surgery. But with social media, patients are more open about going under the knife and making long-term changes to their appearance.

Many patients post pictures of themselves on social media as they go through their plastic surgery experience; some will even send updates of their faces covered in bandages after a facelift.

Some surgeons credit millennials with patients being more open about permanent self-improvement realized through plastic surgery. They seem to feel as if there’s no need to apologize for the self-improvement decisions they make.

More Face Time

Many plastic surgery authorities think that the rise of cell phones, selfies, social media, and Zoom calls drives the desire for permanent changes in how people look.

Millions of people were working from home during the pandemic using Zoom to connect with their work teams. When they spent hours on these calls, they got to see their faces on camera all day. This experience made some notice that they looked older than they thought.

If you think back 20 years ago, you probably didn’t see yourselves in pictures that often. Today, with cell phones and social media everywhere, we have many more pictures taken of ourselves. Understandably, people want to make changes to their faces with a brow lift or eyelid surgery when they see that older, tired-looking face on their cell phone.

Plastic Surgery Is Affordable

There was a time when plastic surgery was only for the rich. But plastic surgery is more within reach for people today. As technology has improved, prices have come down, and procedures such as tummy tucks and Brazilian butt lifts are within the reach of more people.

There also are more financing options available today so people can make reasonable monthly payments to make permanent changes to their appearance.

Improved Technology

Technology used in plastic surgery is more reliable and safer than ever. So, plastic surgeons can assure more effective and reliable results with their procedures, drawing more people to go under the knife than before.

For example, you can now get long-term results on your face with nonsurgical procedures today that use lasers, which didn’t exist 20 years ago.

Health Improvements

Some plastic surgery procedures can improve your health. For example, a woman who has breast reduction can reduce back and shoulder pain, and she also will be able to work out easier by reducing the size of her breasts.

Also, a patient who has rhinoplasty can have improvements in nasal breathing that can make dramatic improvements to their quality of life.

Boost Self-Confidence

A recent surgery on plastic surgery by Harris Poll found that the top motivations for people seeking long-term plastic surgery are to boost their self-confidence and look like the best versions of themselves.

Even with all the changes in how plastic surgery is done, people still want to provide the best version of themselves to the world.

When people want to do that, they often want to have the permanent results of plastic surgery. So while dermal fillers and other non-surgical solutions can provide impressive results, those who want to see results last for many years will opt for plastic surgery.

Book Your Plastic Surgery Procedure Today

Interested in a plastic surgery procedure in Chicago? Dr. Placik will review your options in your free consultation, as well as go over your surgical goals. He’ll decide if you’re a good candidate for a variety of plastic surgery procedures.


Author: Dr. Otto Placik

Dr. Otto Placik is a Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Chicago, a leader in the field of body sculpting, and is recognized for his artistry in a wide range of modern cosmetic enhancements.


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