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Non-Invasive Surgery Preferred by More Patients

Apr 16th 2012 at 4:04 AM

Plastic surgery is availed by people for different reasons. In the public’s eyes, most would go under the knife for aesthetic or vanity reasons. There is some truth to that; however, it should not also be forgotten that there are those who decide to have these procedures because they have a physiological need. It means that it is imperative for them; otherwise, they would have a difficult time with their day-to-day activities.

In recent studies, it showed that a growing number of Australians have been spending money on minimally invasive aesthetic procedures like Botox and dermal fillers. The estimated amount spent on these procedures is at least half a billion dollars. The same amount of money is also spent on more complex and invasive procedures like liposuction and breast implantation. According to Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia (CPSA), an estimated $645 million was spent on non-surgical procedures since January 2012. This was also supported by another body, Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS), which estimated the same figures. For Botox injections alone, Australians have already spent $225 million. If dermal fillers were to be considered, this would likely reach the half-a-billion range.

There is no doubt that non-invasive procedures are gaining popularity. Dermal fillers are preferred over surgical facelifts because they tend to show better results. These are made of biodegradable materials and are then injected into the skin to achieve natural-looking results.  The root cause of the sudden boom of the cosmetic industry, particularly in Australia, is not purely because of aesthetic reasons but due to the fact that Australians suffer from a great deal of skin damage brought about by its geographical location. Having the biggest hole on its ozone layer, the amount of sunlight Australians receive is high, as well as UV damage.  Further, it is a fact that Caucasians produce less melanin which also contributes to the greater risk of skin damage. Nothing can be done to change the geographical location of the country which is why technology that will improve skin tone and texture are starting to gain popularity.

Though it might seem that cosmetic procedures are done solely for vanity reasons or because of a psychological problem, physical defects can also be another reason. These are common to pediatric patients, and while an 8-year-old girl who had Botox did cause a stir, there is a logical explanation as to why certain cosmetic procedures are indicated for children. Cleft palate correction is one example. If not treated early, the child can have difficulty speaking and eating when he grows up. Also, this can create a psychological stress on the child once he starts school because other children might tease him. Excessively protruded or misshapen ears are also another concern. Though hearing is not usually affected, embarrassment and psychological stress are life-long effects. Children suffer bullying and teasing for years and it can be prevented by having the corrective surgery, known as otoplasty, at the right time. It’s generally recommended for children over 5 years old since at this age, the ears are already in their normal size and correction wouldn’t cause any problem or impair further growth. In fact, it’s accepted that the younger the child the better because their ears are easy to shape in its correct form.

Each person may have his own reason for having cosmetic surgery. Some need it, while some want it. Whatever the reason might be, it would be best to look at all possible treatments and weigh its pros and cons to make sure one is making a well-informed decision.


NOTE : This Article is originally posted by cosmeticsurgerynews.

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