The Changing Reputation of Plastic Surgery

Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein

feature-breastI have the benefit of receiving direct feedback from plastic surgery patients in our community, and I constantly use this information to develop my approach as a cosmetic surgeon. At my Birmingham practice and across the United States, there has been a noticeable improvement in the public’s understanding and perception of plastic surgery.

While there are a number of factors contributing to the increased popularity and enhanced reputation, 3 key components shed light on exactly why we’ve seen this trend:

  • The development of products that don’t require surgery, such as dermal fillers, brings cosmetic enhancement within reach for a wider range of people.
  • Media coverage of the positive impact of plastic surgery enables a broader audience to understand how cosmetic and reconstructive procedures can alleviate physical and emotional pain, restore function, and increase confidence.
  • Advancements in surgical techniques enable plastic surgeons to create natural-looking results that accentuate the defining characteristics of a patient’s appearance.

When people have access to accurate information, they are more likely to understand and support the growing popularity of cosmetic enhancement. The stigma will continue to diminish with time, but the importance of choosing an experienced specialist will not. If you’re considering a procedure, spend time speaking with a board-certified plastic surgeon to learn about your options.

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