Considering plastic surgery after your divorce? You’re not alone. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 12.1 million people had plastic surgery in 2008 alone.
For many patients, a divorce or other dramatic life change was a motivating factor in their decisions to receive treatment. More than 40 percent of women in a national survey conducted by the National Women’s Health Resource Center sought to improve their physical appearance after a divorce or other significant life transition.
“Potential patients typically fall into one of two categories. “There are people who have always been unsatisfied with their appearance – these people have rhinoplasties (nasal surgery) for large noses, chin implants for small chins, and ear setbacks for protruding ears,”. “And then there are those people who were happy with their appearance when they were young but are disturbed by the changes of aging. These people might have facelifts or eyelid lifts, and also abdominoplasties (tummy tucks) and breast lifts.”
A guy thing, too
Women are not the only ones receiving plastic surgery, however. “Plastic surgery among men is getting more and more popular. It’s become more acceptable for men to be concerned about appearance,”. Men, who comprised nine percent of all patients in 2008, most often receive nose reshaping, eyelid surgery and liposuction, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
In addition to improving physical appearance, plastic surgery can also alter a patient’s self esteem and outlook on life. “Plastic surgery can improve how a person looks and feels about themselves,”. “I have seen patients at all times of their lives – not just (after) divorce – who become more confident and feel better.”