There was a time many decades ago, when cosmetic plastic surgery was meant exclusively for the rich and famous and the patients included celebrities in the entertainment and other fields.

That was also the time when cosmetic surgery was considered by common people as somewhat “superficial”, or “pretentious” and the people in general felt uncomfortable about it. On the other hand, true to its value reconstructive plastic surgery had always been considered as a serious and important endeavor.

The reconstructive surgery rehabilitates people ravaged by diseases and accidents so that they may lead healthy lives. The cosmetic surgery helps people in lessening effects of ageing and in improving physical traits or features which they do not like, so that they may look good and lead a happy and confident life.

But ironically, as both the branches of plastic surgery moved on with time, the cosmetic surgery discipline grabbed much more attention from the print and electronic media pushing the reconstructive discipline to the background.

At a very basic level, the reason for this could be that a great many people seek cosmetic surgery to improve their lives while relatively much fewer people require reconstructive surgery to save their lives. Procedures such as breast augmentation, liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and facelifts have been shown to boost one’s self esteem and self confidence. Even minimally invasive techniques such as Botox, facial fillers and laser resurfacing make one feel good about themselves.

Slowly with the scientific and medical advancement accompanied by new techniques, cosmetic surgery has been seen as providing an invaluable service to the people who are unhappy with their appearance by helping them to look good and feel happy.

The utility of cosmetic surgery has been re-affirmed by researches done in work places, in man-woman relationships and other environments and several psychologists agree with the good effects that a cosmetic surgery can generate.

In the last few decades, a popular  trend has set in to secure improved physical and mental health through diets, exercise, various motivational and wellness programs. Cosmetic surgery by improving physical appearance and mental well being, in some ways play supplementary role in the pursuit of healthy body and mind.

Most  people now are comfortable with cosmetic plastic surgeries and in spite of the associated risks, expenses, pain and discomfort,  are increasingly showing support by either opting themselves or by encouraging friends and relatives to take up the procedures. The cosmetic procedures are now considered as helping both ordinary and famous people to lead happy and confident lives.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) commissioned a survey which was conducted by the independent research firm Synovate to assess acceptability of Cosmetic plastic Surgery by the American people and the results were summarised by ASAPS in an article dated April 04, 2011 under Statistics, Surveys and Trends published in their website.

This survey shows more than half (51%) of American people regardless of income level approve cosmetic surgery. Some of the key findings are given below:

  • 53% of women and 49% of men say they approve of cosmetic surgery.
  • 67% of Americans would not be embarrassed if their friends and family knew they had cosmetic surgery.
  • 27% of married Americans and 33% of unmarried Americans would consider cosmetic surgery for themselves, now or in the future
  • 67% of white Americans and 72% of non-white Americans say they would not be embarrassed about having cosmetic surgery.
  • Most Americans (71%) said their attitude toward cosmetic surgery had not changed in the last five years, though 20% said it was €˜more favorable.”
  • Out of all age groups, men and women between the ages of 18 and 24 are the most likely to consider plastic surgery for themselves now or in the future (37%).
  • 77% of Americans 65 or older say they would not be embarrassed about having cosmetic surgery.”

 [Source: This write up is partially sourced from the article “Survey Shows That More Than Half of Americans Approve of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery” published by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) dated April 04, 2011 in their website]