History of Cosmetic Surgery
From nose jobs to Botox, cosmetic surgery has become a phenomenon, especially in the United States. As Baby Boomers continue to show signs of their age, they continue to strike back with an arsenal of chemical and surgical interventions designed to help them stay young for many years to come. If you’re wondering how all this business started, you must go back thousands of years
Cosmetic surgery is an offshoot of plastic surgery. Plastic surgery actually started in India around 800 BC. Kr. Although the methods were not the way they were intended to improve the physical properties that cause health problems. Skin contribution was one of the earliest forms of plastic surgery practiced. Dr. John Peter Mettauer was one of the first big names in plastic surgery in the United States thanks to his development of cleft palate surgery in 1827. After World War I, many returning soldiers required surgery to treat his injuries. However began the real heyday of plastic surgery in the 1960’s and 1970’s when a larger group of consumers could access benefits. With booming incomes in the 1980’s, plastic surgery branches to cosmetic surgery, which has become incredibly popular today.
Each year in the United States more than 11 million cosmetic procedures performed. Not all of these means to “go under the knife.” The majority of procedures, such as Botox injections and microdermabrasion, does not require any type of surgery. Between 1997 and 2005, the number of cosmetic surgeries actually increased by 444 percent. Liposuction, nose jobs and breast augmentations are the most frequently performed surgical procedures, while chemical peels, microdermabrasion, Botox and Restylane was the most popular non-surgical procedures.
As statistics above include surgery a wide variety of different types of procedures. The difference between these procedures and those classified as cosmetic surgery is their medicinal value. Most nose jobs are done for non-medical reasons, so they are classified as cosmetic surgery. Among other types of procedures are in this category would be some breast reduction surgery (although these can be done for medical reasons in some cases), tummy tuck, facial surgery such as collagen injections, chin augmentation, face lifts, and eyelid surgery.
but rarely performed for medical reasons, cosmetic surgery has many benefits for patients. For one, most people report a boost in their confidence. If you have a nose that is too pointed or a chin you think is non-existent, it can affect how you feel about yourself. Correcting those perceived errors can improve your self-image dramatically. Most of the procedures that leave patients looking better. Liposuction, for example, can help to remove pockets of fat that would be unattractive. Facelift can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and makes the patient’s face look younger.
Despite the advantages, there are disadvantages to consider as well. The first disadvantage is the cost. Insurance rarely covers the cost of cosmetic surgery so the whole expensive bill will be paid out of their own pocket or financed by the surgeon’s office. Complications can arise that can lead to infections, deformities and even death. Plus, the results are not satisfactory, especially for patients who had unrealistic expectations. Cases of cosmetic surgery addiction has also been reported. In these cases, patients have many procedures done but is never satisfied enough with the results as they return for more cosmetic surgery.
The United States isn’t the only country known for cosmetic surgery. Countries like Turkey and South Korea are quickly catching up. People from all over the world are flocking there because prices are cheaper than in the US. Check out the video below, courtesy of CBS.