As they say, beauty is only skin deep, yet our society pays a high price for that surface beauty. 15.6 million cosmetic surgery procedures were done in the US in 2014. 12.9 billion dollars was spent on cosmetic surgery in 2014, an increase of 3% over 2013. Breast augmentations top the list of surgical procedures with 286,000 done in 2014. Botox ranks first in what is called non or minimally invasive procedures with over 6,000,000 of these procedures done in 2014.
We beautify our homes, our yards, have our hair styled, and our nails done, so why not cosmetic surgery? There are many reasons people chose cosmetic surgery. For most people it is important to maintain as youthful of a look as possible. Some surgeries are reconstructive after injuries and others, like eye-lid surgery, serve a direct purpose.
Baby boomers are aging, yet many still feel very young-at-heart. Some are even still seeking mates. And how do they compete with the young set that already are receiving breast augmentations, butt enhancements, tummy tucks, and botox treatments? Studies have shown that cosmetic surgery frequently improves self-esteem, and can improve sexuality by making you more comfortable in your skin, so to speak.
49% of cosmetic procedures are done in the age group of 40 to 54 years. That tells us it is the active age group who are beginning to face challenges of aging that seek cosmetic surgery. Perhaps the over 54 crowd is able to accept, even embrace, the aging process.
It is an individual decision whether someone pursues cosmetic surgery or not. The procedures, however, are not cheap. The national average cost of a breast augmentation is $3,700, while a facelift costs over $6,000. If you can afford cosmetic surgery then the choice is yours to make. Most doctors will require your full medical history and will advise you on the procedures that will produce your desired effect.