The field of plastic surgery has undergone a major transformation in the past few decades. When plastic surgery was first gaining popularity in the 1970s, it was primarily the domain of movie stars, models, and the elite. By the late 1980s, more and more people chose to have plastic surgery, as they saw their favorite celebrity have a successful outcome. Still, the appeal was limited because plastic surgery was so expensive and required a significant amount of time and money.
However, by the turn of the twenty-first century, a revolution in plastic surgery was underway. Stories about the growing number of procedures and their amazing results flooded the various media outlets; popular primetime television shows, such as Extreme Makeover, Dr. 90210, and others, helped make plastic surgery a hot topic around dinner tables and hair salons across America.
It’s a Real Possibility to Consider
The days of plastic surgery only being a realistic option for the rich and famous are over; now virtually anyone has the opportunity of a cosmetic enhancement if they so choose. In 2011, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery conducted a survey that found that more than half of Americans (51 percent) had no problem with the idea of cosmetic surgery, and 67 percent said they would not be embarrassed if their friends and family knew they had had cosmetic surgery.
This may be due to the pervasiveness of individuals having these procedures done. The number of people having cosmetic procedures rose in 2015 from the previous year in every single age group, from teens (aged thirteen to nineteen years old) to people over fifty-five. The numbers also rose among both men and women and among every ethnic group.