Cosmetic Surgery: A Phenomenon of Empowerment Not Insecurity

Studies show that quality plastic surgery procedures performed by expert surgeons like the team at Beverly Hills Physicians promote confidence and self-esteem.

Mar 27, 2015, 13:44 ET from Beverly Hills Physicians

LOS ANGELES, March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- There are many visible trends in cosmetic surgery that can be seen across the country as celebrities from Kim Kardashian to Nicki Minaj continue to dominate the entertainment spotlight. Breast augmentation is up 35%. Butt implants have nearly doubled in the past year alone. Procedures like tummy tucks and arm lifts are up. Meanwhile, other operations have decreased in popularity. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, eyelid surgery, facelifts, and forehead lifts have all dropped. Though many trends rise and fall and change over the years, one trend is consistent: cosmetic surgery, overall, continues to increase both in number and acceptance in public opinion. Nevertheless, some falsely attribute cosmetic procedures as a byproduct of insecurity and vanity when studies consistently prove the opposite to be true. High quality procedures such as lip augmentation and rhinoplasty performed by surgical centers like Beverly Hills Physicians tend to be elected by patients who do not lack self-esteem and confidence, and normally serve to further empower them.

Though society continues to become more accepting of cosmetic surgery, some continue to hold the misconception that anyone who would want to modify their bodies does so out of shame, or overall discontent with their identity. It's true that some patients who pursue cosmetic surgery wish to address areas of their bodies that cause them dissatisfaction, however most patients seek cosmetic surgery to enhance their body image, not run away from it. A butt augmentation, for example, is often the result of a patient wanting to amplify their qualities and increase the appeal of their backside. In these cases, the patient's goal is to simply bring out what they envision to be the best version of themselves.

In addition, though cosmetic surgery is proven to increase self-esteem, confidence, and feelings of self-worth for the patient the vast majority of the time, those who pursue plastic surgery are rarely lacking in confidence and self-esteem. According to the American Psychological Association, most people who seek plastic surgery exhibit self-esteem at normal to above average levels. The study attributes one cause for this trend to the fact that seeking to chance one's position or circumstance requires a base level of confidence in the first place. Patients who pursue cosmetic surgery procedures feel empowered to take control over their bodies, and seek positive results. Conversely, people who struggle with low self-esteem often struggle to take the steps necessary to engage in self-improvement behavior because they often believe themselves incapable.

When this data is taken into consideration, it's clear that cosmetic procedures such as operations to adjust facial features or the body are a result of positive mental health that only offer further improvements. As public opinion continues to increasingly view plastic surgery favorably, stigmas and misunderstandings such as these will continue to appropriately fade. In the meantime, highly respected and renowned centers like Beverly Hills Physicians will continue to provide the outstanding, world-class procedures they are famous for. For more information on how the procedures at Beverly Hills Physicians can benefit you, call 800-788-1416 or visit today.

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