Jun 2, 2011 11:48 AM
Whether you think elective plastic surgery is ridiculous & vain, or freely admit that once time starts nipping at your heels, you'll be in the doctor's waiting room posthaste, plastic surgery is a huge topic of discussion these days. Injections? Chemical peels? Nips & tucks? Full-body overhauls? There's a lot to think about - not to mention debate - and our newest guest poster, Isabella from Cosmetic Surgery Guru, is here to stir the waters. Take it away, Isabella!
Thought cosmetic surgery was still a taboo subject in most circles? Think again! Recent research by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has shown that more than half (51 per cent) of US citizens now approve of nip-tucks. Over in the UK, treatment numbers for procedures such as breast implants, nose jobs and soaring, according to another recent study by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (or BAAPS, to give the body its rather apt acronym).
So what are the reasons for this sudden surge in acceptability? We reckon there are a number of factors at work. First up, celebrities. We all know the rich and famous have been going under the knife for years. But only in recent times have many stars become more comfortable discussing what they've have done. It's no shock to pick up a newspaper to read about Jennifer Aniston having Botox or a soap actresses' boob job these days.
We reckon the competitive jobs market is also having an effect on the figures. While looking fresh and young is nothing new for women, even men are looking to cosmetic surgery options to wind the clock back in order to stay ahead of the competition.
Then there's the fact that there's wider range of treatments and plenty of affordable options. Can't afford a facelift? There's always the cheaper option of a dermaroller treatment or a facial peel.
Chances are you even know someone yourself who's had cosmetic surgery, or turned to non-cosmetic treatments such as Botox.
So, over to you. Has your perception of plastic surgery changed in recent years? Why? Are you even considering going under the knife yourself? Tell us in the comments!