via Medical Retreat Abroad

The 2009 report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons is in (the 2010 report has not yet been released).  According to the report, the top 5 cosmetic procedures of 2009 were:

  • Cosmetic surgical: breast augmentation, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, liposuction, and tummy tuck.
  • Cosmetic minimally-invasive: botulinum toxic type A (botox), soft tissue fillers, chemical peel, microdermabrasion, and laser hair removal.
  • Reconstructive: tumor removal, laceration repair, scar revision, hand surgery, and maxillofacial surgery.

40-54 year olds made up the largest segment of cosmetic procedures, with 13-19 year olds having the fewest cosmetic procedures (duh).  Additionally, women had  91% of all cosmetic prodecures.

I can’t think of any plastic surgery that I would need, or get, right now, even if I had the money, but I can definitely see myself getting cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures, such as Botox and filler, when I’m older, if I feel that I need it.  Personally, I’m all for plastic surgery if it helps improve someone’s self-confidence,  but people can definitely go overboard with it (Heidi Montag).  I can also see how some people are against plastic surgery, though I don’t personally agree with them on all points.  I think if it’s something like a disfiguring scar or extra skin from losing a ton of weight, people should do whatever it takes to make themselves feel good in their own skin.  There’s no reason to live with something that makes you miserable, if there’s something you can do to change that.

How do you feel about plastic surgery? Have you ever had any “work” done?  If you did, how old were you when you got it done?  Do you regret it?  Has it changed your life?  If you haven’t, would you, if you had the money?