Cosmetic Surgery
Is Cosmetic Surgery the Key to Happiness?
Sep 25, 2013 - 6:13:36 PM

( - In a report by Clinical Psychological Science, there is growing evidence that people who undergo plastic surgery have higher levels of wellbeing and improved self-esteem. The study involved 550 patients undergoing cosmetic surgery for the first time. That group was compared to 260 people who wanted plastic surgery but decided against it, and over 1,000 men and women who had no interest in plastic surgery. The 550 patients who opted for plastic surgery saw benefits across areas like health, self-esteem and anxiety.

With this study, some professionals believe that the growing interest in cosmetic plastic surgery is due to people wanting to not just look better but also feel better. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), in just five years the number of total surgical and non-surgical cosmetic plastic surgeries performed in the United States increased from just over 1.67 million to 10.1 million.

There are clear leaders in terms of the procedures that people are having done to improve their appearance and develop their self-esteem. Here are the top five procedures, both surgical and non-surgical.

Top Five Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

All five of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures target the face.

Top Five Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

The top five surgical cosmetic procedures according to the ASAPS are as follows:

When it comes to facial procedures, blepharoplasty, liposuction, and rhinoplasty are popular for making men and women feel better about their appearance. Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that corrects drooping eyelids, bags under the eye, and excess skin on the eyelids. Incisions are made inside the eyelid (transconjunctival), below the eyelashes (transcutaneous), or in the upper eyelid crease. Excess fat and skin are removed, and the incision is sutured.

Liposuction is commonly used to remove excess fat in areas like the abdomen, buttocks, hips, and thighs, but facial plastic surgeons also use the technique to remove fat from the jawline and neck. Rhinoplasty involves the surgical improvement of the size, appearance, or function of a nose. This surgical procedure can fix a crooked nose, improve a drooping tip, or slim the width of large nose. Incisions are made on the skin between the nostrils or within the nostrils.

Always research a cosmetic procedure before committing to it. You need to have realistic expectations in terms of the benefits and final outcome. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is a beneficial site when it comes to gathering information. When you're ready to discuss the benefits and risks of facial cosmetic surgeries with a board-certified surgeon, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sheldon Kabaker, a prominent Oakland facial plastic surgeon who offers non-surgical and surgical procedures. Reach his office by calling (510) 451-1116.


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