A Little Light Reading About Cosmetic Surgery

stock-models-computerEverybody’s talkin’ ‘bout it—cosmetic surgery is out of the closet and into the mainstream. In fact, patients all over the world are ready and willing to discuss how their lives have been changed for the better through a procedure (or two). Trends in treatment tend to pop up in the media also. Here are links to a few interesting stories:

  1. In 2012, the venerable New York Times discussed the blossoming popularity (and acceptance) of cosmetic surgery in countries like Korea. In some areas of the world plastic surgery has been held in low esteem and was certainly never discussed in polite company.
  2. Have you heard about the FaceTime facelift? The Times also dished about this procedure, developed to address the concerns of the video chat generation—the older segment of it, that is. Seems videoconferencing has a lot of people looking for ways to enhance their appearances in both the real and the virtual worlds.
  3. A new video at Project Beauty, a site run by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), touts recent surveys that show more men and women approve of cosmetic procedures than ever before and wouldn’t be the least bit embarrassed if you knew they’d had a little work done.
  4. Brazil has a very liberal attitude toward cosmetic surgery (to say the least). But it’s not just for the rich and famous; there are over 200 clinics in the country that offer free procedures for the poor. Read about it in the Huffington Post.
  5. Now for something fun: 2012 was the 50th anniversary of the silicone breast implant. The first breast augmentation was performed on a Texas factory worker in 1962. Here’s a cute timeline on breast implants—including who got what and when—from the Orange County Register.
  6. Finally, something for the men—the latest trend in cosmetic procedures is aimed at you. Are you having trouble maintaining a straight face when you’re dealt a pair of aces? The ASAPS reports on Pokertox, a BOTOX® treatment designed to enhance your poker face.