In earlier years, plastic surgery was seen as Hollywood extravagance, and most people marveled at the facial and body changes and unnatural youthful appearance of celebrities like Joan Rivers. Now this couldn't be farther from the case. With financing options now available, plastic surgery has worked its way into new markets including men and the middle class, and most patients are very open about the procedures that they have had done, often having coming out parties to show off their new look.
With around 8.7 million cosmetic procedures performed in 2003, and most patients happy with their results, it is evident that plastic and cosmetic surgery can mean success for prepared patients. Last year numbers reached an all time high, and with the dramatic increase in procedures like body contouring after bariatric surgery and buttocks implants, operations that reflect the latest cultural shifts, the numbers only promise to grow.