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Cosmetic Surgery No Longer Carries the Taboos of the Past


A new survey shows the public is less judgmental about plastic surgery, allowing for more open discussion about procedures.

In a recently released survey from the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), 71% feel that society is less judgmental about cosmetic surgery than it was just five years ago. 62% went on to say that the change in society's attitude has made them more comfortable with the idea of having a procedure done.

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Dr. Mark Berman, AACS President-Elect says, "This is a confirmation of what many of us have felt for a long time ? that cosmetic surgery has become mainstream." Not surprisingly, the most publicly accepted procedures are among the most common. Breast augmentation and laser hair removal top the list of invasive and non-invasive procedures. About half of the respondents say they would tell their family about having invasive cosmetic surgery.

About 20 percent said they would consider getting cosmetic surgery in the future, while about 22 percent were unsure if they would. Respondents under the age of 40 were nearly twice as likely to consider having a procedure in the future.

"It's been a long road but thanks to the hard work of so many, cosmetic surgery is rightfully gaining acceptance in our society," said Dr. Patrick McMenamin, AACS President. "We've reached a point where people are no longer quiet about having a cosmetic procedure and that is important to all of us."

The AACS began their annual meeting this week in Orlando, Florida. Keith Veseleny, Editor of American Health and Beauty, is covering the event live this week. If you would like to set up an interview, contact Jamie at 713-354-9961 x1 or via email at jamie@ahb.cc