The reports are in for 2016. Americans are spending more money (billions) on plastic surgery.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported Americans spent over $16 billion on cosmetic and plastic surgeries last year. This is the highest amount we have ever spent.
It’s evident that surgical procedures for changing one’s appearance isn’t just for the rich anymore. It’s now become mainstream.
According to the report, breast augmentation was the most popular procedure performed; almost 300,000 were completed. Along with this procedure and rhinoplasty, surgeons netted billions of dollars in profits. Liposuction was another popular choice, which brought in approximately $750 million.
Reasons for the Increase
Many believe the uptick in procedures is due to less stigma associated with plastic surgery. There was a time when people were ashamed to admit they had work done, but it’s not so much of a taboo anymore.
Human nature is another reason. People are inspired to improve themselves mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and now physically as well. Aesthetic surgeons help them do that.
Procedures often times can be done on an outpatient basis. A rhinoplasty used to mean admittance into the hospital for a couple of days, but now, it only takes a few hours and the patient can go home to recover. In addition, many surgeries are now offered as minimally invasive; just a few years ago, they were much more invasive.
Having more discretionary money also has something to do with the increase. According to Frank Newport, Gallup’s editor-in-chief,“ Americans are overwhelmingly better off than they were eight years ago.”
In addition, many people feel better about their financial situation and about future stability. So, spending a few thousand on cosmetic enhancement doesn’t seem as financially unrealistic as it did in the past.
The future looks bright. People will learn more about how they can change their appearance, and with technological advancements, it will be safer and more effective to accomplish this.
A warning, however: With the increase in demand, there’s now more room for illegitimate situations to arise. Always research the surgeon you want to use to make sure that he or she has extensive experience to provide safe, effective results.
Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery in New York City and Commack
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