The Subtleties of Contemporary Age-Defying Procedures

With high definition TV and tabloid culture casting an ever keener eye over the faces and bodies of celebrities, it is hardly surprising that women especially are turning to “non-invasive” treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers to erase any imperfections. Whilst the stereotype of someone getting cosmetic work done used to be has-beens in their fifties with extreme facelifts, nowadays the landscape has been transformed, with people choosing rather halt the aging process sometime in their twenties or thirties, and simply never grow older.

Since Botox was first approved for cosmetic procedures over two decades ago, the focus has changed to what professionals with dermal fillers training or medical aesthetics training call ”noninvasive” treatments, which don’t require the skin to be sliced open or stitched. This subtle, gradual way of altering one’s looks has gained so much success precisely because it is so incremental, and therefore harder to spot by the keen eye of beauty editors and tabloid journalists.

However, whereas traditionally plastic surgery would be one big op from which the client would emerge transformed, procedures such as dermal fillers require a constant top-up, with the face becoming an infinite work in progress. What effect does this culture of constant improvement has on ordinary women? The beauty standard we are now expected to live up to is most definitely a surgical one, but the artificial nature of it is so well hidden that it is even more detrimental to the self-image of normal looking women who have aged beyond their twenties

New Study Confirms Rise In Cosmetic Surgery

Despite the deepest recession in living memory and the 2012 breast implant scandal, UK consumers are still splashing out on cosmetic surgery, a study of 2012 activity has revealed, with the number of procedures on the rise when compared with previous years. According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), over 43 thousand surgical procedures took place in 2012, with anti-aging treatments such as face-lifts and eyelid surgery seeing the biggest rises in popularity as our society becomes ever more obsessed with youthful good looks.

A double-digit rise was recorded for all anti-aging procedures, with brow lifts up by 17%, and face and neck procedures rising by 14% over the course of 2012. Although there is no denying that non-surgical treatments such as fillers and Botox are also increasing in popularity, once there is actual loose skin dangling around the neck area, it is only really treatable through surgery and the public seems to be becoming more conscious of this.

Breast enlargements are still enduring as the most popular operation, although figures were very slightly down from the previous year (1.6%), which could well be the fallout from the breast implant scandal.

However, the UK is still miles behind the US in terms of numbers, where 14 around million cosmetic surgical procedures take place each year. In the UK we continue to tend to favour non-surgical treatments as a precursor to surgery, with more and more practitioners enrolling in cosmetics training or medical aesthetics training each year.