In some circles these days, people who have not undergone any sort of cosmetic procedure are seen as more unusual than those who have. But what has prompted this change in the tide when it comes to public opinion? Here are just some of the explanations.
The enjoyment of compliments
One celebrity cosmetic surgeon who counts the likes of Louise Redknapp and Davina McCall as clients says that the compliments now received by women who have undergone cosmetic procedures spurs other women on to achieve similarly positive reactions.
The solution in sight
The ever-evolving world of cosmetic surgery means that there are an increasing number of options available for people who might never have, and never will, consider going under the knife.
These options in turn are increasingly seen as viable solutions to problems ranging from a ‘tired’ external appearance to the natural signs of aging.
Because we’re worth it
Journalist and TV presenter Anne Robinson, who has become well-known for undergoing procedures, believes that cosmetic surgery’s real value lies in allowing women to feel better about themselves.
Increasingly, women are realising that they do not simply have to ‘live’ with what the world has handed out and in an age where females are more pro-active than ever before, cosmetic procedures are seen as a good way of taking control of their appearance and lives in general.
Modern-day feminism is no longer about shunning cosmetic surgery over fears that it is pandering to the demands of men. Instead, it allows women to take control and demonstrate their own independence by taking steps to ensure their own happiness.
The accessibility change
Gone are the days where cosmetic surgery was just for the rich and famous. Today, people from all walks of life feel able to walk into a clinic with their head held high, and have the financial means to turn some of their physical aspirations into a reality.
The increasing willingness of high-profile people to talk about procedures they have undergone, has removed many psychological barriers that have prevented people from undergoing work in the past, while increasing numbers of techniques and payment options has boosted the options for many.
Whilst there will always be social, financial and physical limitations restricting some people in terms of cosmetic surgery, there is also a growing confidence spurring them on.
This confidence is not just limited to knowing that they have the financial backing to have work done or the knowledge that they are more likely to be met with admiration rather than criticism based on their choices, but reflects a growing confidence among society as a whole.
The days have passed when the majority of people felt confined by their social background, class or status. In today’s world, people are much more likely to actively set out to grasp their dreams without feeling unduly restricted, whether that means striving for the job they have always wanted or banishing the wrinkles that have made domestic mirrors a thing of the past.