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Plastic Surgery What Does it Say About Society For many the bikini season means one thing anxiety over what can be done about a body that has surreptitiously expanded under a winter wardrobe of thick sweaters and black tights This is also a season for fashion magazines to publish all the new plastic surgery developments for those unsatisfied with their bodies Diets and rigorous exercise are the mainstream options But for those with several thousand dollars to spend plastic surgery can mean body morphing without the effort It used to be that if you didnt like your body you went on a diet and if you didnt like your face you put on make-up Not any more Today an enormous industry stands ready to suck the fat from you thighs create breasts to fit your fantasies move your brows enlarge your lips iron your wrinkles and reverse the forces of gravity Gradually more and more people are opting for cosmetic surgery According to the American Society of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery in 1994 some 393049 Americans had some aesthetic defect real or imagined surgically fixed Of those 393049 Americans a large percentage was male According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery more than 7000 US males had facelifts last year and thats in addition to the more than 2100 laser resurfacing and close to 130000 eyelifts Wood 84 One stimulus for both male and female plastic surgery operations is the intense competition in the business world There is often a perception correct or not that an older person is less up to date and efficient In an effort to remain young looking many men and women have turned to cosmetic surgery Thus the increasing number especially in male plastic surgery operations demonstrates the greater acceptance in society of plastic surgery What plastic surgeons tend to call aesthetic surgery and rival specialists refer to as cosmetic surgery has broken through technological medical and economical
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