Plastic Surgery in Hollywood and the Real World

For decades, women have been using plastic surgery as a way to change their physical appearance. However, in recent years, the number of procedures have sky rocketed!
Here are the startling statistics:
  • Since 1997, there has been over 162% increase in the total number of cosmetic procedures. Surgical procedures increased by almost 80%, and nonsurgical procedures increased by over 233%.
  • Breast augmentations increased 55% from 2000 to 2006, going from 212,500 procedures to 329,326.  Breast lifts — another favorite among the mommy makeover crowd — went up 96% during the past six years, with the total number of procedures going from 52,836 to 103,788.  Tummy tucks jumped a whopping 4,384% and buttock lifts increased 174%.
  • There were over 10 million surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2008, as reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Surgical procedures accounted for 17% of the total with nonsurgical procedures making up 83% of the total.
  • Women had over 9.3 million cosmetic procedures, almost 92% percent of the total.
  • People age 35-50 had the most procedures – over 4.5 million and 45 percent of the total. People age 19-34 had 22 percent of procedures; age 51-64 had 26 percent; age 65-and-over had 6 percent; and age 18-and-younger had almost 2 percent.

While surgery has become safer, the increase in surgical procedures can be more attributed to the media. Since 2000, the number of TV shows has skyrocketed. In fact, one report indicates that for girls ages 12 – 17 years old, 3 out of 4 of their favorite television shows were reality TV shows. Furthermore, In using a well-known example, American Idol has attracted over 50% of the market share, indicating that over 50% of television viewers tuned in, to watch the show. Unfortunately, reality shows, especially American Idol, has a habit of “transforming” their stars into something completely different, supporting the idea that to be beautiful, it means you have to be thinner, be tanner, have whiter teeth, have smooth and shiny hair, have great skin, etc.
Here are some before and after shots of popular reality TV stars:

Carrie Underwood- American Idol

Diana Degarmo- American Idol

Katherine McPhee- American Idol

Jennifer Hudson- American Idol

Heidi Montag- The Hills

Kate Gosselin- Jon and Kate + 8

Note: This last one is the saddest transformation of them all. What began as a simple 1 hour special about a couple who decided to have 8 children after not being able to have children at all.. turned into reality trash. Jon and Kate are divorced now and the media and Hollywood spotlight has destroyed their family. And all for what? Certainly not happiness.


~ by tanyaw on May 21, 2010.

One Response to “Plastic Surgery in Hollywood and the Real World”

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