Cosmetic procedures are on the rise
This week, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) released its annual figures, showing that a record number of Britons went under the knife in 2015.
With an overall rise of 13 per cent on 2014, 51,000 people had cosmetic surgery last year, while surgeries for women specifically enjoyed a 12.5 per cent rise whilst the number for men, who only account for nine per cent of total surgeries overall, has doubled over the past decade.
BAAPS attributed part of the popularity to the increasing honesty of celebrities, including Jane Fonda, who last year told The Guardian: “I wish I were brave enough to not do plastic surgery, but I think I bought myself a decade.”
And it’s not only older celebrities discussing age-defying procedures, but younger stars are having surgery and talking about it, too.
‘Modern Family’s’ Ariel Winter, who had breast reduction surgery last year, caused a commotion last month when her Golden Globes dress did nothing to conceal her scars from the operation. The young actress went from a 34F to a 34C, later tweeted:
“Guys, there is a reason I didn’t make an effort to cover up my scars! They are part of me and I’m not ashamed of them at all.”
Plastic surgeon Dr. Rozina Ali thinks the trend with celebrities talking honestly about cosmetic surgery is to be applauded, saying:
“It’s a very positive, powerful thing for a celebrity to do, to come across as relatable and human in saying ‘I was worried about this, I did something about it, and now this is me and I like it.’ It takes a lot of courage and conviction to decide to change. You don’t have to apologise for how you’ve decided to do that.”
Some of the stigmatisation that comes from plastic surgery is based on the conjecture people make, a lot of the time in the media as she commented further saying:
“I am often asked to comment on whether a certain person has had such and such a procedure and I am never going to be part of the crowd pointing fingers. If someone has something, that’s their business. If they are proud and brave enough to talk about it, I say well done to them.”
Consultant plastic surgeon Rajiv Grover, who collated the data, said of BAAPS’s data: “It certainly appears both genders seem encouraged by a new openness in glamorous celebrities admitting they have had ‘a little surgical help’ to enhance their looks. There is a danger, however, that this presents the image of cosmetic surgery as a commodity. The public must always be warned that an operation is not something that can simply be returned to the shop if you don’t like it.”
Though science is evolving all the time, the decision to have surgery is still an enormous one to make so why not visit Belvedere Clinic for any questions regarding cosmetic surgery from rhinoplasty to breast reduction.
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