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The Economy Is Affecting Plastic Surgeons

Plastic Surgeons: The Economy Is Affecting Us

“Business has definitely been flat,” says Dr. Brian Kinney, a plastic surgeon from (surprise!) Los Angeles. And he's not talking about his breast augmentation patients.

At the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, plastic surgeons expressed relief that although the economy has contributed to the slowdown of the number of cosmetic procedures in the US last year (falling 12.3 percent to just over 10.2 million), more patients are opting for nonsurgical procedures. Botox, its new competitor Dysport, and soon-to-be-on-the-market muscle-numbing creams will all provide revenue as the demand for invasive surgery wanes ever so slightly. What else is going on in the world of plastic surgery? To find out,


There is one segment of the population in which plastic surgery is on the rise: among nonwhite patients. Describing nonwhites as having long been "underserved," Dr. Julius Few, an African-American plastic surgeon from Chicago, says that when he was growing up, it seemed "unfair" that plastic surgery was available primarily to wealthy white people — but things are changing.

So basically, what we are to take from this news story is that no matter what, plastic surgeons can count on women to spend money enhancing their looks somehow, and now nonwhites, too, have the itch for invasive plastic surgery! Note the rhetoric Dr. Few uses — "underserved, unfair" — as if being able to get plastic surgery were equivalent to getting basic health care.

I wonder sometimes what Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women, would think about the mainstreaming of plastic surgery. Not only do few women critique plastic surgery, but some have in fact embraced it as an almost necessary part of being a woman, like wearing a bra or having a period.

Wolf's discussion of plastic surgery in The Beauty Myth was was under an interesting rubric: violence. Why, she wondered, are so many women willing to spend money they might not have to go under the knife — and even risk death — to have a smaller nose, larger breasts, or conform to a beauty ideal?

What do you feel about the mainstreaming of plastic surgery?


gidigirl gidigirl 8 years
Well said, Brandynico
"We live in a world where women are judged by their looks, and their power is somewhat tied to their beauty. Plastic surgery is a tool to help us live lives with power. If the economy sucks so badly that women can't exercise the choice to look their best, than it's bad for us." This is the result of the brainwashing of women into thinking that our only value is held in our looks, and our ability to please a man. To be quite honest, all the fakeness (and I'm talking too much make-up, dyed hair, in addition to plastic surgery) sickens me. Be happy with yourself in your natural state. What kind of message is being sent to young girls growing up in this age? You should never be happy with yourself until someone makes you artificial. The greatest tool to help us live lives with power would be our brain. So stop dumbing yourself down, and replacing your brain power with silicon. Looking your best requires no plastic surgery. You work with what you've got. If you use plastic surgery, it certainly can't be claimed as your best, it's the doctor's best.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
Just so you know, "like when you have a bad car crash and need it" is called Reconstructive Surgery and "if you've got breast's that bother you so much with back pain" is more along the lines of surgery for a medical reason. I don't consider either of those cosmetic/plastic surgery. But that's just me. Question.... how is the recession affecting other cosmetic procedures, like braces?
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
Plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures are becoming as ordinary as coloring your hair or wearing makeup. I don't see anything wrong with it. If I could afford to, I would do a few touch ups on myself. I'm not going to hate on people who can afford to do things I can't. To each her own. I work in the medical field in a practice that does mostly elective procedures and we are feeling a drop off in patients. People aren't having things done just because anymore. They are putting some extra thought into where they are spending their money.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
Maybe they'll start to have sales. Have a boob job, get a rhinoplasty free!
SouthernBelle82 SouthernBelle82 8 years
LOL Pistil. Maybe this is a good thing and women will go back to enjoying who they are and if they want to change something like with weight they'll go back to it the old fashioned way. I've never cared for plastic surgery unless it's needed of course like when you have a bad car crash and need it or if you've got breast's that bother you so much with back pain etc.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
:rotfl: Pistil
Pistil Pistil 8 years
I just feel sorry for all of the women who are suffering from small breasts, untucked tummies, and wrinkles due to the economy, especially nonwhite women. At least the wealthy white ones can sell their summer homes to pay for their rhinoplasty.
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