Plastic surgery procedures are still on the rise, and they’re not showing any signs of stopping. Last year alone, more than 15 million procedures were performed in the United States. If you saw the recent TIME magazine cover titled “Nip. Tuck. Or else.” You’d know that plastic surgery might be the new norm. We all here or read about the cosmetic surgery failures. What is not regularly published in the lay press is the many patients that are happy. The consumer blogs are filled with patient complaints. However, such negative postings may not reflect the real truth. Because of HIPAA laws that protect one’s confidentiality, the real truth cannot be published. Imagine someone saying negative things about you to ALL via the internet without your ability to provide a different perspective? Doesn’t seem right or fair.

It used to be the stuff of movie mockery, but these days the plastic surgery stigma is all but gone. Cosmetic procedures have almost become the new makeup – women are doing it because their friends are doing it. Joel Stein, the author of the TIME cover story mentioned above, stated that most people are just trying to keep up with the Joneses. Men are also “looking in the mirror” and doing things to improve their appearance.

Procedures like fillers, Botox, rhinoplasty, liposuction and butt lifts have become commonplace. Last year, $13 billion dollars was spent on cosmetic procedures, with the majority going towards breast augmentations and liposuction.

Where do patients start? Finding an “artist” …AKA a surgeon that is focused on details and beauty can be a good start – Many patients have turned to the Internet, where they can find online communities of patients, read reviews of plastic surgeons, read patient diaries, and see before and after photos. Today, many happy patients don’t feel the need to keep their beauty secrets a secret any longer –and that’s a good thing! A great deal of one’s self esteem is related to how they “feel” they look. If changes can be made that improve one’s self esteem, their overall happiness and productivity can be better.

Check out the special report on ABC News.

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If you have questions regarding your beauty, health and options, you can call our office and schedule a time to speak with world-class, board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Michael Kulick.

Call our office at (415) 956-2550 and schedule a consultation.