As each year passes, plastic and reconstructive surgeons help to improve the lives of millions of patients with congenital malformations (such as cleft lip and cleft palate), disfiguring wounds, animal bites, and severe burn wounds, as well as those requiring reconstruction after surgery for malignancy or other chronic conditions. Here we will not focus on these forms of plastic surgery, but rather on cosmetic surgery, or elective procedures to enhance those not charged with such disfiguring conditions.
Appearance and beauty have always been of a major concern of women’s’ lives, and that goes for whatever the era, century or decade of the past. Way back in time, changes were slow and less outstanding, but with the advent of the 20th century, trends, styles and fashions changed more rapidly from decade to decade. Nonetheless, the changes in cosmetology, clothing styles, accessories and hairstyles down through the times, exposes much more than a skin-deep history.
Talking of History:
These changes afford insight into the social portrayals of women throughout history, as well as how women viewed and regarded themselves. The history of cosmetology acknowledges each societal definition of physical beauty on its own merit. Going way back in time we see that as early as 600 BC, a Hindu physician reconstructed a nose using a piece of cheek, and the rest is history.
External motivators for the use of cosmetic surgery include the desire to avoid ethnic prejudice; concern of age discrimination; and direct or subtly indirect persuasion by a spouse, parent or employer. The internal motivators include the desire to remove unpleasant feelings of distress, shame or feeling like a social outcast; the wish to alter and sculpt a specific displeasing feature; the desire for a more youthful, healthier look that puts out fertility (commonly in women); and the hope to show to the world, a strong, powerful presence that will further career advancement.
The changing vista of plastic surgery is clearly displayed in the huge jump of procedures performed, money spent and a 356% increase in nonsurgical procedures. However, surgery is still at number one when it comes to spending, making up as a rule over 60% of the 1 billion dollars plus, total, spent annually in Australia, and the industry is still growing rapidly. If you are lucky enough to be living in W. Australia, and looking for the very best in cosmetic surgery in Perth do yourself a favour and check out the seasoned and leading providers in that field.
More per capita spent than in the US:
Although the USA, which has a much larger population, spends around $10.1bn on surgical and non-surgical procedures, for a fair comparison, this number needs to take into account the population differences between both countries. If we look at the dollars spent per 10,000 people we find Australians are spending almost 40% more per capita than their northern hemisphere counterparts at $454,500 per ten thousand people, compared to $328,000 per ten thousand in the USA. Whoa! Do we want to look great or what?!