(think Lions, and tigers and bears from Wizard of Oz)!
Who ever knew that in the “war” against aging, so many of us would be willing to plunk down a respectable chunk of change on winning how ever many small “battles” we could? Despite the recession, or perhaps in spite of the recession, people are still intoxicated by the possibility of enhancing or altering their appearances via the magical transformative powers of a cadre of procedures. Just look at these numbers for a REAL eye-opener.
According to the statistics released in March 2010 by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), almost 10 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2009. The study further divulges that the number of cosmetic procedures being performed has increased 147% since they began tracking them back in 1997. Big shock here, Botox is the most common nonsurgical procedure with breast augmentation trumping all surgeries amongst women.
Top surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures among men and women in 2009:
It’s easy to castigate the folks partaking of these procedures as shallow and vain, or, is it? While our visage is just the binding on the book, many people today are finding that maintaining or improving their exterior is a reflection of how they see themselves and how they care for their bodies as well. In a culture so obviously obsessed with clinging hopelessly to youth and so many options for maintaining that youth available – why not?
After all, some people diet/exercise, some don’t – some smoke, some don’t, we all get to choose our passions/poisons why should fighting the inevitable be any different. In a country that takes all kinds, I say – Via la difference!