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Researchers Say Low Self Esteem Drives People to Undergo Cosmetic Surgery

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Published on : Mar 20, 2019

Cosmetic surgery refers to the enhancement of one’s physical features through surgical techniques. There has been a tremendous increase in the number of people opting for cosmetic surgery.  The emerging cosmetic surgical procedures include breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, and tummy tuck. New research by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) suggests nearly 18 million people underwent surgical procedures in the US in 2018.

A study conducted in the United Kingdom identified the factors motivating people to undergo cosmetic surgery. Moreover, the study focused on determining people’s perception of the benefits of cosmetic surgery. Results suggested that low self-esteem and low self-rated attractiveness are the major factors driving people to opt for cosmetic surgery. In addition to this, religious beliefs played a significant role in driving people to undergo cosmetic surgery. Further, the findings suggested people have a preconceived notion that cosmetic surgery will offer life satisfaction and media consumption.

Furthermore, the study suggested that people with high media exposure are more likely to go for cosmetic surgery. The apparent reasons behind this are consciousness about social image and the need to increase likeability. On the other hand, people with stringent religious beliefs were less likely to consider cosmetic surgery beneficial. Moreover, researchers said that there is a dramatic increase in the number of men undergoing cosmetic surgery.

Study Reveals Liposuction is an Emerging Cosmetic Surgical Procedure

The ASPS report suggests there has been a rise in the number of people opting for liposuction procedures. Dr. Alan Matarasso, ASPS President said that with liposuction, even one treatment is enough to achieve the desired results. However, a plastic surgeon can treat more areas in one treatment. There is a decrease in the number of people opting for facial procedures owing to the prevalence of alternative treatments.