plastic surgery, cosmetic spending hits record $15
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[March 16, 2017] By
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Young women wanting to
stop the aging process and baby boomers aiming to reverse it are turning
more to fillers, facelifts and other procedures that drove the plastic
surgery industry revenue to a record $15 billion last year, an industry
organization said on Wednesday.
Spending on plastic surgery in the United States for non-medical
purposes and other cosmetic procedures, such as Botox and lip
injections, rose 11 percent in 2016, the American Society for
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, an organization with 2,600 plastic
surgeon members, said in a statement.
The rise can be attributed to younger generations seeking to keep
their youthful looks and baby boomers attempting to stay competitive
in the workplace by appearing young, the group said.
Cincinnati-based psychologist Ann Kearney-Cooke, who specializes in
treating women with body dysmorphic disorder, plastic surgery
addiction and other disorders, said social media has added pressure
to women striving to meet a standard of beauty defined by looking
"There's a constant flow of photos and people often compare
themselves to others," Kearney-Cooke said. "They think, 'I'm getting
too old. My eyes are too droopy'."
As cosmetic procedures continue to be promoted on television shows
like "Botched" and in celebrity selfies, plastic surgery has become
more mainstream and increasingly acceptable to younger generations,
"There's so many people having plastic surgery that we feel that
we're inferior if we aren't," Kearney-Cooke said.
Advocates of plastic surgery to enhance appearance say it is a
useful tool in boosting confidence, and physical and mental health.
But the practice has also been linked to psychological problems.
A 2011 Norwegian Social Research study of 1,597 people over 13 years
old found adolescent girls and young women who underwent cosmetic
plastic surgery were more likely to suffer depression, alcoholism
and other disorders.
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Still, surgeons last year performed about 1 million liposuctions,
breast augmentations and tummy tucks, the three most popular forms
of plastic surgery, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic
Surgeries accounted for 56 percent of last year's cosmetic
procedures, while non-invasive practices, including injectable
fillers and chemical peels, made up the other 44 percent, the group
The procedures are not only becoming more abundant, they are also
becoming more nuanced.
Labiaplasty, where the size of a woman's external genitalia is
surgically reduced, is one of the fastest-growing new cosmetic
procedures, second only to breast implants using fat instead of
silicone or saline.
(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by James Dalgleish)
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