Technological advancements and innovations are not new to us. Electronic inventions are constantly being introduced in the market, replacing previous versions within just a year.
In every aspect of life, science and technology come hand in hand as human societies also progress. People maximize the advantages of technology for all industries, especially those related to science, engineering, and healthcare.
The world somehow revolves and evolves with technology. In fact, technology has made aspirations of people become a reality. A good example is achieving the ideal appearance through procedures like cosmetic surgery. Moreover, surgery allows for the medical repair and restoration of damaged areas of the body under instances of accident or illness.
In this article, we will discuss how the field of medicine has redefined beauty with technology.
Cosmetic surgery, a branch of plastic surgery is one of the most popular types of surgery worldwide. In fact, a study conducted by the International Study on Aesthetics Procedures (ISAPS) has found that in mid-2017 to early 2018, 18 million Americans have undergone plastic and cosmetic surgery, placing the U.S. in the top spot for countries where the highest numbers of cosmetic surgical operations take place. Coming in second is Brazil, with Colombia following at third.
Statistics also show that the procedures done in Salt Lake City and other states during the said time are breast augmentation and total body reconstruction. Most of the participants are females and members of the LGBTQ community. With these figures, what are the motivational factors that lead them to resort to modern procedures?
According to a study conducted in 2012 by the Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery and published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the main motivational factors include religiosity and low self-esteem. Other contributing factors are media representations of beauty and cases of body shaming and bullying. In an article published by the WCNC, in 2017 alone, 94% of American teenage girls have been exposed to body shaming.
Moreover, with the help of science, technology, and medicine, a majority of individuals who resorted to cosmetic and plastic surgery has gained satisfaction. To back it up, in the same study conducted by ISAPS, 98% of the female participants are satisfied with the breast augmented procedure they went through. About 96% who have undergone abdominoplasty or tummy trimming are satisfied with the result. With high satisfaction rates, it’s safe to assume that surgical procedures enable individuals to regain the confidence they once lost.
Resorting to medical and technological advancement to uplift self-esteem and gain self-satisfaction is not bad and wrong at all. Surgical procedures are available for multiple purposes and must be utilized for those who wish to. However, frequently undergoing procedures can potentially lead to serious implications that might put you in danger and regret.
Truly, science and technology are making our lives easy, but remember everything done in excess is dangerous. Do things in moderation and do your research. If you are interested in going under the knife, it’s important to first seek the guidance of an authorized professional.