The Psychology of America’s Fascination with Plastic Surgery



In comparison to other countries around the world, the United States is known for performing the most plastic surgeries. An estimated more than 11 million surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures were conducted in 2013, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. This was a 279 percent increase from 1997.

Americans spent more than $12 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2013, with liposuction being the most popular. Those who opt for plastic surgery generally fall under one or more of the four reasons why Americans are fascinated by and embrace the idea of cosmetic procedures.

1. Beauty is the door

Erileide Barbosa da Rocha is a woman who underwent plastic surgery to adjust the appearance of her stomach. She, like many, believes that looking beautiful is a sure way to get hired for a job and to attract a significant other. As fictitious as this sounds, this belief still has a strong hold on society and on the human psyche.

2. Why Feel Self-Conscious About Something When You can Fix it?

Gisele Silva Geronimo is a woman who underwent plastic surgery to adjust the appearance of her nose. When asked about her view on beauty, she responded that beauty was about feeling comfortable in your own skin and liking what you see in the mirror. After having undergone a rhinoplasty, she felt happier. There is a lot you can do to change your body, such as diet and exercise; however, when it comes to a feature like the nose, there’s not much you can do to change its appearance. Self-love is ultimately what plastic surgery provides its patients and that helps determine happiness.

3. Beauty is a Fated Privilege to Some and Others Want to Undermine It

Mariza Chaves is a woman who underwent plastic surgery to adjust the look of her abdomen. She believes that beauty is about feeling good about yourself and after the surgery she believed she was privileged to have gotten it. In our society there are some who are born with outer beauty and others that are not as fortunate. Plastic surgery gives individuals a chance to change their body the way they want and reestablish opportunities available to them.

4. Plastic Surgery is a Rebirth of Yourself

Maria da Gloria de Sousa is a woman who has undergone plastic surgery; however, she sees it as a rebirth of herself. She believes that everyone is born perfect. But when life presents you with children and other events that have the potential to alter the way your body looks, plastic surgery is a way to make you look and feel better about yourself.

Dr. Salzhauer owns and operates his private Miami cosmetic surgery facility and surgical center, Bal Harbour Plastic Surgery Associates. You deserve to look and feel your best! Contact Dr. Salzhauer today to schedule a consultation at Bal Harbour Plastic Surgery.


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