The Changing Stigma Surrounding Cosmetic Surgery in America

Posted by Dr. Patrick Proffer on June 18, 2019

Cosmetic surgery and body modification treatments have had a bad rap.

However, that’s all starting to change. With the advent of the internet and the rise of influencers like the Kardashians, much of that stigma is being stripped away.

But celebrity influence surrounding cosmetic surgery and procedures hasn’t accomplished this change in perception all by itself. Better access to information, less invasive techniques, and more inexpensive alternatives have helped make cosmetic surgery a far less taboo subject for discussion.


Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why cosmetic surgery is becoming widely accepted and popular across the U.S.

Information + Education = Lowered Stigma

The age we live in goes by many names: The Information Age, the Digital Age, the Computer Age, and the New Media Age are just a few. But there is one common thread that ties them all together and that’s access to information—a large player in the lowered stigma surrounding cosmetic surgery.

This access to information helps patients:

  • Educate themselves about treatments and procedures
  • Access professionals who can answer additional questions
  • Cultivate realistic expectations about results
  • Plan for recovery times
  • Research and arrange payment options and
  • Increase the likelihood of their satisfaction with a procedure

How much have cosmetic procedures been affected by access to information? Between 2000 and 2017, as the internet has evolved and access to information has grown, we have seen:

  • A 41 percent increase in breast augmentations
  • A 244 percent increase in laser skin resurfacing
  • A 254 percent increase in buttock lifts
  • An 819 percent increase in Botox and filler procedures
  • A 5235 percent increase in upper arm lifts

With figures like these, there’s no denying that cosmetic procedures are on the rise – and show no signs of slowing.

Less Invasive And Less Expensive Techniques Make Cosmetic Procedures More Accessible

We may live in an information-rich age, but our wallets and bank accounts are still just as strained. Retaining our jobs and having access to disposable income is important, and both play a factor when making decisions about whether or not to have a cosmetic procedure.

On the plus side, the cosmetic surgery industry has changed a lot over the past couple of decades. With reduced recovery times, better products, and minimally invasive techniques using specially designed instrumentation, procedures that once required extensive time away from responsibilities such as work and family are being offered with drastically reduced recovery time.

This can result in:

  • Less time off the job (if any)
  • Less administrative and follow-up costs
  • Quicker return on both time and financial investment

Better approaches, better instruments, better products, less recovery – there has never been a better time to consider a cosmetic procedure.

Shifts In Attitudes Surrounding Cosmetic Treatments

Articles and stories, Tweets and YouTube channels have all played a vital role in making cosmetic surgery more commonplace. And, when celebrities are honest about the work they’ve had done, it helps displace the myth of a perfect body and makes our own consideration of accessing similar procedures more acceptable.

Bonus: when you’ve educated yourself on cosmetic processes, expectations, results, and their effect on your self-confidence and self-esteem, approaching conversations surrounding cosmetic procedures with friends and family will become less daunting. You know what you’re talking about—and that’s empowering!

Is Cosmetic Surgery Right For You?

When your ability to concentrate on important matters such as happiness and self-esteem are hindered by an unshakable and fixed focus on a feature that is causing you anxiety and stress, cosmetic surgery might be a good option to explore.                                                                                                                                                                    a womens lips

There’s nothing wrong with seeking to improve yourself, so long as you do so with realistic expectations and armed with knowledge. When someone is confident and happy with how they look, every aspect of life can be positively affected!

So, if you’re interested in learning more about cosmetic procedures, Proffer Surgical Associates has a team of professionals standing by to answer your questions and help you determine if this choice is right for you.  Call and schedule a consultation in our private, comfortable office today!


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Topics: Skin care, Plastic Surgery