Over the last few decades, there has been an interesting shift in how we perceive cosmetic procedures. In the past, public opinion toward these procedures was overwhelmingly negative and people seeking them often had to do so discreetly if they wished to avoid harsh judgment and shaming from others. Of course, those who had already undergone cosmetic procedures were understandably reluctant to talk about it.
What a difference a few decades can make! Today, not only has the stigma once associated with cosmetic procedures completely vanished, but overall public opinion toward the subject is now decidedly positive. “It’s safe to say we’ve come out of the cosmetic-procedure closet,” states Dr. Wade Banker of Luxe Laser Vein & Body Center. “In fact, so much progress has been made when it comes to the acceptance of cosmetic procedures that we just recently celebrated National Botox Day. Nowadays, people are comfortable doing what they want to do in order to look and feel their best. They’re happy to discuss it, and social media sites are buzzing with talk about procedures that help people put their best face forward.”
According to Dr. Banker, there used to be a joke in cosmetic facilities that “Everyone here gets Botox, but no one outside does”—suggesting that far more people get Botox treatments than are willing to admit. That too has changed. “Now everyone talks openly about it, which is a positive development. Also, with the ability to share discounts and more and more facilities offering Botox, access to this very effective treatment is easier than ever before,” he says.
And it’s not just Botox that has gained popular acceptance over the last few decades. The same applies to all cosmetic procedures. For example, it’s commonplace and perceived as completely normal nowadays for someone to say they’ve had a fat-removal procedure performed. “Virtually everyone knows someone who has had a cosmetic procedure done, whether it’s breast augmentation, liposuction, a tummy tuck, or anything else,” Dr. Banker adds.
What brought about this change in perspective? According to Dr. Banker, technological advances were—and continue to be—the biggest driving force. The technology used in cosmetic procedures today has advanced so far that the procedures are considered completely safe and generally produce exceptional results. That wasn’t the case 20 years ago when the industry was still evolving and getting something done cosmetically was commonly considered a risky or bad decision.
“A great example of technology pushing us forward is the fact that most cosmetic procedures, including both breast augmentation and liposuction, can now be performed under local anesthesia, which not only eliminates the risks associated with general anesthesia but also lowers the price of procedures significantly compared to the traditional forms. And that’s just one example out of many. The advances have come so far that it’s actually fun now,” Dr. Banker says.
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