A Guide to Men’s Cosmetic Surgery

Posted in Atlanta Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgey | October 28, 2015


It’s no secret that women make up the majority of cosmetic surgery clients, but in recent years there has been a huge surge in the amount of men seeking out doctors for cosmetic surgery purposes. In fact, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reported that men’s cosmetic surgeries have seen a 43 percent increase over the past five years. Surgeries such as rhinoplasty, liposuction, eyelid surgery, and gynecomastia are becoming popular procedures for men who feel the pressure to compete in a marketplace that values aesthetics in order to climb the corporate ladder. Here are some cosmetic surgeries that men are turning to these days and what you can expect if you choose to undergo one of these procedures.

Corporate success isn’t as easy to come by these days, and many are beginning to realize that skills are not enough to compete in today’s marketplace. In a world that places great value on aesthetics, men have been looking to cosmetic surgery as a way to help them compete in the job market. Appearing more masculine and confident is imperative in order to remain competitive and gain success in a career, which could be a large reason why there has been such a huge increase in the amount of men seeking out cosmetic surgery.

While some men choose cosmetic surgery to remain on top of their careers, others choose cosmetic surgery for entirely different motives. Looking aesthetically pleasing for themselves or their significant others is another reason why so many men these days are choosing to have work done. Appearing more youthful allows many men to gain more confidence and live a better quality of life simply by feeling better about themselves.

Popular Cosmetic Surgeries for Men
As the rise in cosmetic surgeries for men grows, so does the need for a closer look at cosmetic procedures. Here are some of the more popular surgeries men are looking into today:

Rhinoplasty, more commonly referred to as a nose job, is a cosmetic and medical procedure for men who either have trouble breathing through their nose, or who are unhappy with the proportion or shape of their nose and how it looks with the rest of their face. The nose can have a profound effect on the overall appearance of the face, and it is recommended that you consult a board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Brian Howard at North Fulton Plastic Surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeons will be able to help identify exactly what you are looking for and possibly make suggestions. For instance, some may benefit from a small chin augmentation with the rhinoplasty in order for the nose to blend more easily with the face.

Procedure: Rhinoplasty is typically done as an outpatient procedure and will not require the patient to stay overnight. Local anesthesia or general anesthesia will be applied. The surgeon will make cuts within the nostrils, and then reshape the inner bone and cartilage for a more aesthetic appearance.

Recovery Time: Normally, the patient will wear a nasal splint for one week after the procedure. Swelling and bruising around the nose and eyes will occur, and can last for up to two weeks. Minor swelling after this time can occur, but it is not as noticeable.

Liposuction is also rapidly gaining traction among men and is the fifth most commonly requested plastic surgery procedure for men. Liposuction can help remove stubborn, excess fat around the abdomen, love handles, and chest area, potentially allowing for a more defined physique that many men desire in order to look more masculine. There are three types of major techniques for liposuction:

Tumescent liposuction: Doctors use local anesthesia to numb areas of your body where the tube will be inserted. Anesthesia solutions that have lidocaine and epinephrine are injected into the fatty tissue.

Ultrasound-assisted liposuction: Ultrasound technology is used to liquefy the fat, allowing for easier removal of the fat. This technique is beneficial in removing fat from the back, sides, and upper abdomen.

Laser-assisted liposuction: Laser-assisted liposuction involves using low-energy waves to help liquefy the fat, which is then removed through a small tube.

Procedure: Fat is suctioned through tubes that are inserted into your skin through tiny incisions in the skin. Liposuction is usually done as an outpatient procedure and does not typically require an overnight stay unless large amounts of fat are being removed. Local anesthesia is used, and sedatives may be given as well.

Recovery Time: Directly after the procedure, the treated areas on the body will be wrapped to help speed up recovery time. Most people are able to move around after the sedation has worn off. Liposuction usually takes a week for bruising and swelling to begin to disappear, and you may have to wear a compression garment for three to four weeks.

Gynecomastia surgery remains at the top of the list of most common cosmetic surgeries in the United States. It may come as a surprise to some that this procedure is so popular with men, but the fact is that gynecomastia surgeries are quite popular for men. Gynecomastia, or the condition of swelling breast tissue in boys or men, can be caused by hormonal changes, obesity, heredity, or by the use of certain drugs, and it can occur in both young and old men. Gynecomastia surgery can help them achieve a more masculine chest by removing excess fat or glandular tissue from the breasts and allow them to be less self-conscious of this area.

Procedure: A combination of liposuction or excision may be used, depending on the type of tissue. The most common technique used in gynecomastia surgery is the intra-areolar incision. Other less invasive techniques involve the “pull-through technique,” in which a small, five millimeter incision is made at the areola edge. After liposuction, the glandular tissue is then pulled through the incision. The average procedure will last around two hours and uses either local or general anesthesia.

Recovery Time: This also depends on the severity of the condition and the technique used during surgery. Patients can expect a recovery period of several days to two weeks. The chest will be temporarily swollen and bruised after the surgery, and patients may be given compression garments to wear for a couple of weeks after the surgery.

It is easy to see why Fraxel laser technology is such a popular cosmetic surgery technique. Fraxel lasers allow men and women to turn back time and diminish fine wrinkles, abnormal pigmentation, and sun-damaged skin. Men would like to restore their skin to its youthful appearance just as much as women do, and the simple treatments (typically four to eight over the span of a few months) are ideal for those who find going under the knife intimidating.

Procedure: A topical anesthesia is used each time prior to treatment, and each treatment may last around two hours. A laser creates small “microthermal” zones in the skin, which triggers the skin to repair itself by creating new skin cells that replace damaged ones.

Recovery Time: This non-invasive procedure has no recovery time, necessarily, but, rather, there may be side effects with each treatment, such as dryness, redness, swelling, or peeling for two to seven days after each treatment.

Hair loss is a common occurrence among men over 30, but some men lose their hair much earlier due to causes such as heredity and changes in hormones, or trauma-related causes such as burns. No matter what the cause is, many adults find that changes in their hair can take a huge hit on their confidence and sense of identity. Hair transplants have been around since the 1950s, but technology has improved and is producing results better than ever before. Hair transplants involve removing a small strip of hair-bearing scalp from the back of the patient’s head and using it to replace an area with no hair.

Procedure: Most procedures are done under local anesthesia in a doctor’s office. The surgeon will clean the scalp and inject a numbing agent to the area. A three or four-inch strip of skin from the scalp will be removed with a scalpel and be set aside so that the surgeon can close the scalp with stitches, where it will be hidden by hair. Holes will be created with a scalpel where the hair will be placed and the surgeon will begin placing each graft into these holes. The procedure takes around four to eight hours.

Recovery Time: The scalp will most likely be very tender, and pain medications will need to be taken. A surgical dressing will need to be worn over your scalp for several days. After two to three weeks, the transplanted hair will fall out, and you should notice new hair growth within a few months. In six to nine months, most people will have at least 60 percent of new hair growth.

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, involves surgery on the upper or lower eyelids to either improve appearance or functionality. Eyelid surgery is used to treat the following:
• Puffy eyes
• Drooping lower eyelids
• Bags under the eyes
• Excess skin and/or fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
Eyelid surgery is one of the most common types of cosmetic surgeries for men because the eyes are often the first sign of aging and there are small changes that can restore youthful looks. This procedure is typically done on men 35 years or older who do not have allergies or eye conditions that could potentially cause problems.

Procedure: If both the upper and lower eyelids are being worked on together, the procedure should last around two hours, the doctor will most likely use local anesthesia, and you will be sedated via IV or oral. Upper eyelids are usually worked on first, and a cut will be made along the natural lines of your eyelid. Excess fat, muscle, and tissue will be removed, and the surgeon will close the cuts with small stitches.

Recovery Time: Depending on the technique used and which eyelids were worked on, the recovery time could take up to two weeks. Stitches will need to be left in for one week, and swelling/and or bruising will remain for a week after that.

Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery or ear pinning, involves correcting prominent or protruding ears, or correcting defects in the ear structure. Otoplasty may be requested by men who have defects in their ears due to injuries, or by those who simply think that their ears are sticking out at unflattering angles. A rare condition called macrotia, or overly large ears, is also a reason that some men seek out otoplasty.
More men undergo otoplasty than women, most likely because women are able to cover prominent ears with their hair, while men typically do not have this option.

Procedure: A cut is made at the back of the ear to expose the cartilage, which is then partially removed or simply reshaped to achieve the desired result. The procedure takes one to two hours and a local anesthesia is used.

Recovery Time: A head bandage will need to be worn for a week after the surgery. Swelling and bruising will develop around the area that was worked on, and contact sports should be avoided for at least three months after the procedure.


Do Your Homework
If you are a man who is considering some kind of cosmetic surgery, it is important that you do the necessary research before committing. Understanding what the procedure entails and what the recovery time will be is helpful, but most important to your decision is choosing the right doctor to perform the procedure. Here are some ways you can feel good about your choice:

Board certification: The affiliations that are well known and established for Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructed Surgeons are ASPS, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and ASAP, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Experience in the procedure: A doctor that is highly skilled and has experience with the procedure you want to undergo will be the best choice. You will feel better about the surgery knowing that a doctor who has years of experience doing it will be working on you.

Past results: It never hurts to look through testimonials of past clients, and before and after photos of patients that a doctor has worked on. Look at clients who have similar face structures (if you are doing a facial procedure) to you, or who are around your age, to getter a better sense of what kind of results you can expect.

A doctor who makes you feel comfortable: A doctor should always address any concerns you may have and make you feel comfortable throughout the entire process. If you do not feel like your needs are being addressed, consider finding another doctor to do the procedure.


Cosmetic Surgery for Men
Cosmetic surgery is not just for women, and recent years have seen a significant increase in the number of men’s cosmetic surgeries. Men who want to improve their appearance to gain an edge in the workplace, or to obtain more confidence, are choosing to undergo procedures such as hair transplants, Fraxel Laser treatments, and liposuction. Discussing with a board-certified medical professional the benefits of cosmetic surgery is the first step, and the decision is entirely up to the patient. Many procedures can produce results that are subtle but significant and which can dramatically change a patient’s outlook on life.



Posted in Liposuction Procedures | October 8, 2015

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Liposuction is a very popular procedure among plastic surgery candidates. From the beginning of the plastic surgery craze, and before, it has been a staple among the procedures offered by these types of surgeons. However, in the media today there is a lot of misconception about what liposuction is and what it ultimately does for you. You’d be surprised that it isn’t entirely what you expected. Therefore, here is your ultimate guide to understanding what exactly liposuction is and what it can do for you.


This is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that removes fat from the thighs, buttocks, the abdomen, and other places, with a tube that is inserted into the skin through a small incision. Its main focus is to get rid of fat that isn’t easily removed through diet and exercise.


It must be understood that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. The purpose of liposuction is to reshape and mold your body in a way that weight-loss, exercise, and dieting cannot. Because of the nature of the procedure, you can lose some weight, since it’ll help speed up your metabolism, which will in turn burn calories and keep you feeling lighter. But the procedure itself is not geared toward weight loss.


If you’re considering getting pregnant, but also want to get liposuction, there are a few things to think about. The first thing to keep in mind when doing liposuction is what are you trying to gain by this loss? What do you want? Most likely, if this is something you desire, you’ll have a strong aversion to gaining any excess weight after the procedure, which then can lead to worrying what pregnancy will eventually do to your body. You’ll become much more protective of the natural weight gain, and it may become harder for you to process.

Overall, if you have had a liposuction procedure and are pregnant, don’t worry. Generally speaking, you will not experience anything abnormal. If anything, you’ll gain less weight and retain minimal scarring.


Love handles and the muffin top are places where a lot of people struggle. It’s an area that needs extra attention, and it can be increasingly frustrating to diminish or get rid of entirely. However, liposuction is the perfect procedure for this type of thing. It can mold your love handles until they’re nonexistent. So, if that is why you want from the procedure, then you are coming at it from the right place.


Many people who are struggling with their weight turn to liposuction to help them. However, it really isn’t the solution to your problem. Again, liposuction is meant to mold and scold the body, ridding it of any unnecessary stubborn fats. Take a moment and determine how much you might need to lose, and then consider either another procedure entirely, or first try losing weight naturally.

Look into your diet and exercise options and, once you have gotten your Body Mass Index (BMI) down to something that is sustainable, then revisit the idea of liposuction.


It depends on the doctor, the experience, and the exact procedure you’re asking for. There are so many things involved in deciding the costs of a procedure that, after you’ve done your homework, you may want to visit a few of your local doctors and ask them. You’ll get a more personalized answer than if you called on the phone.

There are two forms of liposuction available: the traditional form, or the newer tumescent technique using micro tubes (cannulas) and needles. The later yields better results and less scarring, and you can get up and walk away with no real recovery period. It does cost a little more, but is by far worth it.

Your procedure can cost anywhere between $2500 to $8000, depending on whether on the neck, jawline, abdomen, thighs, back, arms, ankles, or knees and buttocks. There are so many variables in place that, again, to get the best estimation, you’ll want to contact your local doctor for a meeting.


Liposuction will not help you lose weight, nor will it help you maintain the loss of weight. With this procedure, you must maintain a healthy diet and exercise regime. However, it can assist you in sculpting those remaining bits of tissue that are just not releasing. It’ll have you feeling like a rock star in no time flat.


Posted in Body Procedures | October 8, 2015


There are a lot of myths and mystery surrounding plastic surgery, mainly because it is sorely misunderstood by many. There is a wide variety of plastic surgery that has been popularized by changing the way you look; however, there is much more to it than simply that. Here are some of facts around this very well-known, yet completely unknown, form of surgery.


Cornelius Celsus, a Roman physician in the first century B.C., was often performing plastic surgery. He practiced various forms of repairs on lips, eyes, noses, and teeth. There were also writings about working on men as well, like reversing a circumcision and giving men breast reductions.


It’s shocking, but most plastic surgeries were performed on people between the ages of 40 and 54. In this age range there were a total of 5.7 million procedures done in 2009, and 5.2 million were minimally invasive, whereas the other half were invasive surgeries.


There are so many advances happening within the surgical community, and one of the biggest is using lasers over traditional surgical procedures. They are less invasive and require much less recovery time. There is literally little to no anesthesia, and no painful recoveries.


The most popular procedures done today will surprise you. They’re some version of the following: nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, and liposuction. It’s thought of, among many, that breast augmentation is the top surgery done today, although this list proves otherwise.


There are two types of plastic surgery, and the most commonly known is cosmetic surgery, which is when someone requests surgery to accomplish something associated with their body image. The reason this is such a distinctive form of surgery is it’s sought out by the patient, and not the doctor.

The less common form of plastic surgery is reconstructive surgery, which involves correcting things on the body from unintentional defects or deformities occurring because of things like car crashes and industrial accidents. Involving some form of traumatic injury, the surgery is an attempt to assist the survivor in getting back to what they would consider normal.


Today there is research going on in regards to a cloning technology that could potentially include body rejuvenation, which involves growing tissue in the womb to promote scar-less growth and healing.


Recently, plastic surgery procedures averaged around $800 per procedure. Of course, there were many procedures that cost either more or less than that, but the overall average, after 12.5 million procedures were done totaling $10 billion, was only $800.


President Bill Clinton signed a bill that ensured insurance companies across America would cover the costs of all reconstructive breast surgery after a women had gone through a mastectomy.


For plastic surgery back in the 1400s through to the 1700s, all procedures were performed in Barber Shops. Also, back then it wasn’t out of vanity, but for reconstructive purposes, since having such surgery left horrible scars on the patients.


We will end with this popular procedure. It’s commonly thought of as a fat reducing procedure specifically to aid people seeking weight loss. However, this procedure is mainly a way to sculpt and mold the body, as it doesn’t get rid of fat or have any hand in helping you not gain any extra weight. In fact, since it is simply for molding and not for weight loss, if you do not take care of your body, after having the procedure, with a healthy diet and exercise, you’ll gain just as much fat as before. Therefore, you might as well not have had the procedure done in the first place.

There’s a lot more to plastic surgery than meets the eye, and a lot of it has to do with reconstructive and health problems. Although cosmetic surgery is popular, it’s not what defines plastic surgery. Take a different look at what these procedures can do for you. There is a wide possibility of options, and they’re all here to assist in making you feel good about yourself.

How to Address Problems after Weight Loss

Posted in Body Procedures, Uncategorized | September 16, 2015


After a long battle with changing your habits and mindset, the hard part is over, and you’ve successfully lost weight.  Unfortunately, those who have lost a lot of weight are now faced with new struggles that can affect their daily lives.  Some of these include sagging skin, gallstones, and an unhealthy fixation on exercise and eating habits.  Luckily, there are fixes to all of these problems, and you can be the person you aspire to be in no time.  Here are some problems faced by people after weight loss and how to address them:

Sagging Skin

The number one complaint of people who lose a dramatic amount of weight is the excess skin on their body.  Losing a lot of weight can cause breasts to sag and create unsightly folds along the stomach, arms, and thigh areas.  This is unfortunate, because people who struggle to feel better about themselves post-weight loss still have self-confidence issues from excess skin.  This can cause them to try to cover up their body more than they did when they were carrying more weight.  This problem is often addressed by consulting a trusted cosmetic surgeon such as Dr. Brian Howard.  Cosmetic surgeons everywhere help patients feel good about their bodies and to finally celebrate the hard work they put into their weight loss.  After fixing sagging skin, patients can wear the clothes that show off their body with confidence, and not have to worry about unsightly sagging.


It’s still not exactly clear what causes gallstones, but many people who lose weight in a short amount of time can have an increased risk of gallstones forming.  According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, gallstones are more likely to develop in people who lose more than three pounds in a week, compared to those who lose weight more slowly.  Whether you have lost weight quickly or not, take care of your body by eating foods high in fiber and foods that contain healthy fats, such as fish and olive oil.  Avoid eating refined grains and processed sugar to help you reduce your risk of developing gallstones.  If you have already developed gallstones, they can be treated by various methods including surgically removing the gallbladder in a procedure called a cholecystectomy.

Obsessive Eating and Exercising Habits

Unfortunately, there can be too much of a good thing.  Those who have worked hard to achieve their weight loss goals can often take things too far, and become obsessive about their exercise and eating habits.  There is nothing wrong with being dedicated to health and fitness, but when it begins interfering with your life, it can be a huge problem.  New fitness apps such as My Fitness Pal can be a huge game changer for many on the weight loss path, but counting calories can become extreme.  If you refuse to attend social gatherings because of the food, or you are skipping out on family time because you absolutely have to run nine miles, you may need to rethink your habits.  Both your body and mind will thank you for recognizing when to cut back and achieve a healthy balance of exercise and nutrition.

Continued Self-Confidence Issues

It is not uncommon for people who have lost weight to still struggle with self-confidence and many still see the “fat” version of themselves whenever they look in the mirror, despite the scale telling them otherwise.  This can lead to serious self-confidence issues and, on a more serious scale, it can lead to depression.  In the past, people who were heavier may have tried to combat these feelings by eating more food.  A lack of self-confidence can trigger you to fall off the weight loss wagon and try to eat your feelings once more, causing you to lose all the work you fought so hard for.  For this reason, many people who have a dramatic weight loss seek counseling services.  If you would rather not see a therapist one-on-one, there are other alternatives, such as group meetings for support.

Don’t Suffer in Silence

You have taken a serious stance on getting healthy and achieved your weight loss goals.  This is something that you should be incredibly proud of.  Many of us highlight the success of dropping pounds, but few care to recognize the struggles that can come after.  Don’t let these problems rule your life and your confidence by suffering in silence.  Being proactive about these problems can allow you to look and feel your best, just like you deserve.

Is Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Worth the Money?

Posted in Uncategorized | September 16, 2015


The consideration of cosmetic and plastic surgery is not uncommon in today’s society.  In fact, according to the Daily News, one in five American women have planned or considered plastic or cosmetic surgery.  Tummy tucks, breast lifts, rhinoplasty, and Botox are all common procedures in the United States.  Some people think that these procedures are only for the rich and the famous, but this isn’t the case at all.  Many surgeons are willing to work with you on your budget and can help you plan for it financially.  Here’s what you stand to gain from having plastic surgery.

How Expensive Is It?

First of all, let’s talk about the cost of cosmetic and plastic surgery.  Many people are under the perception that cosmetic and plastic surgeries are outrageously expensive procedures that they can’t afford.  While costs vary depending on the procedure that is being performed, many cosmetic and plastic surgeries are not as expensive as you might think.  In fact, many procedures are quite affordable if you take away the costs of the anesthesia, medical tests, and prescriptions that go along with surgical procedures.  Here are just a few average costs of common cosmetic and plastic surgery operations according to smartbeautyguide.com:

Tummy Tuck: $5,391

Liposuction: $2,815

Spider Vein Treatment (Laser): $355

Breast Lift: $4, 174

Face Lift: $6,675

Nose Surgery: $4,352

Lip Enhancement: $1,486

While different geographical areas may have different costs for these procedures and these are not Dr. Brian Howard’s specific pricing, it is safe to say that if you can afford a trip to Europe or perhaps half the cost of a brand new car, you can easily afford cosmetic and plastic surgery.

Budgeting Tips

There are a few ways you can be smart about your money when it comes to cosmetic surgery.  Here are a few ways you can avoid blowing your budget:

Find a Great Doctor

Many plastic surgeons are more than willing to work with you when it comes to paying for procedures.  Many practices offer discounts to those who pay in full before the procedure, offer monthly specials, and also provide free consultations to new patients such as Dr. Brian Howard at North Fulton Plastic Surgery.  Find a doctor who will discuss the financial aspects of getting plastic or cosmetic surgery.

Get Procedures Done on the Same Day

If you are planning on multiple plastic surgeries, consider scheduling them on the same day if the combination is felt safe by Dr. Howard.  This will save you money by reducing patient costs.  In addition, many plastic surgeons offer discounts for multiple surgeries.  If you are having multiple surgeries, you should also consider looking into plastic surgery insurance.  This insurance will help pay for any subsequent procedures needed for follow-ups or repairs due to complications.

Be Wary of Using Your Credit Card

While you may have the impulse to use your card for high-priced purchases, this isn’t always the best choice for plastic or cosmetic surgery procedures.  Many credit cards may offer interests rates of zero percent, but these rates can jump dramatically and can turn very costly for the user.

What You Stand to Gain

Last year, $12.9 billion was spent on cosmetic procedures in the United States.  That is an increase of two percent from the previous year, which insinuates that the majority of these people do not regret their decision.  It may be scary initially to decide to have plastic surgery, but those who do potentially have these benefits as a result:

Improves Your Appearance:  One of the most common reasons for cosmetic surgery is to improve one’s appearance.  After being self-conscious about your excess arm fat, it can be nice to no longer worry about wearing tank tops or bathing suits.

Benefits Your Health:  Yes, you read that right.  Plastic surgery procedures such as rhinoplasty don’t have to be simply about appearance.  A lot of times rhinoplasty is performed to help patients breathe better or to correct their snoring problem due to a deviated septum.

Changes Your Life:  The ultimate reward for cosmetic or plastic surgery is the boost in confidence that you may receive and the potential effect that has on all other facets of your life.

In the End, It’s Your Decision

Plastic and cosmetic surgery is not as expensive as one might think, and the potential benefits could be huge.  Having confidence in your appearance can help you perform better at work, boost your social life, and increase your overall happiness.  It is ultimately up to you to decide whether or not plastic or cosmetic surgery is worth the expense.

Do We Shame Those Who Have Plastic Surgery?

Posted in Uncategorized | August 20, 2015

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Plastic surgery isn’t new. It’s not like it’s something that has just been invented. In 1000 AD, rhinoplasty was a common procedure. In 1798, the term “plastic surgery” was coined. And the first modern rhinoplasty was performed in 1923. So, to say that plastic surgery is a new phenomenon is incorrect.

Plastic surgery isn’t uncommon, either. In 2014, there were 15.6 million cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. The number of plastic surgery procedures has gone up 5% since 2011. Top procedures include: Botox, breast augmentation, soft tissue fillers, liposuction, and facelifts. The chances are overwhelming that you know someone who has had plastic surgery. In fact, you probably know more than one!

If plastic surgery isn’t new, and it’s a popular procedure, then why is there such a negative connotation associated with it? Some might say it’s because of the cost of plastic surgery. There are some people who pay $100,000 to look like their favorite celebrity, but that isn’t the norm. Even if it were, we don’t mind when that celebrity buys a $500,000 car. We don’t shame them for throwing their money away, when a $20,000 car would have gotten them where they needed to go.

Others might say that it’s a risky procedure, and you shouldn’t risk your life for a cosmetic procedure, but plastic surgery isn’t necessarily risky. When performed by a board certified plastic surgeon, it is relatively safe.

If it’s not the cost, or the risk either, what is it that makes us shame those who get plastic surgery? Based on recent research, it’s because we think of those who have plastic surgery as insecure and shallow. We tend to think that all they care about are their looks, and that they are reinforcing the narcissism in our culture.

Our society does have a problem with body image. We push images of what we think the perfect body should look like. People are bombarded by these ideal standards, and we emphasize that if you don’t look like that, then you are inadequate. And the kicker is that most of these images are photo-shopped to a body type that is unattainable for most people.

Yes, there are people who go into plastic surgery for the wrong reasons. Too much plastic surgery can be bad, but most of the people who are getting plastic surgery today have realistic expectations. They understand what they are getting into, and they know they aren’t going to come out looking what society considers perfect.

Most people who get plastic surgery are doing it to feel better about themselves. There is something on their body that they aren’t happy with, and they choose to change it.

We shame people who have had plastic surgery, and call them vain or superficial, when we have no idea why they got plastic surgery. There also are real benefits to plastic surgery. Those who have had plastic surgery for the right reasons are reported to be happier and healthier, and have an improved quality of life. They also report to have a much higher self-esteem.

People shouldn’t have to be ashamed of plastic surgery. They shouldn’t have to try to hide the fact that they tried to fix something about themselves, and we as a society shouldn’t shame them.

We should show them the same respect we give people who have made other types of body modifications.

We think of people with tattoos or piercings as artistic individuals who are showing their individualism. We don’t talk down to people who wear makeup or dye their hair. How is that any different? That’s changing a part of yourself because you want to be happy, and it’s just as superficial. Your hair color doesn’t really make or break who you are. But you dye your hair because you want it to be different. Just like you want some other part of your body to be different.

We shouldn’t judge people for wanting to be happy. We have three inalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We should be able to pursue our happiness without judgment from others.

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