Plastic surgery has actually been around for centuries now. University of Bologna professor Gaspare Tagliacozzi wrote about it back in 1597, detailing procedures for "restoration of deformed noses, ears and lips by skin grafting..."
At the time, it wasn't known as plastic surgery, but this example clearly illustrates society's fascination with our faces and bodies and our investment in appearance. Women, especially, understand the desire to "fix" something that no longer relates to who they are inside.
Most would agree, that our culture, no matter where we reside globally, expects women to appear youthful forever. Here in the Australia, women are continually bombarded with commercial images of young women with clear, wrinkle-free faces and toned, lithe figures.
Some women go the maximum and beyond to try and achieve impossible perfection for their faces and bodies, giving plastic surgery a bad name. Examples showing huge breasts, big fish lips or faces pulled back too tightly seem to sensationalize the practice, when in reality, plastic surgery is a truly wonderful asset to the world.
Most women undergo plastic surgery, not seeking ridiculous ideals of perfection but to have something subtly done. The majority remain silent about their procedures, because they don't want others to notice what they've done.
Plastic surgeons would agree that self-esteem can play a major role for those women deciding to go under the knife. Dr Bryan Mendelson, former president of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, wrote a book called "In Your Face", which details why women consider having plastic surgery. He says it's for impressing themselves and for women to feel better about how they appear.
Even though a woman might have developed bags under her eyes, she still feels youthful inside and wants the exterior to match. Women aren't having cosmetic procedures to win a man's hand in marriage, Dr. Mendelson explains, but are doing it for their inner self. A woman in her 40s and 50s stares into a mirror, and often times, does not recognize the attractive, vibrant woman she once was.
Some women are also bothered by the genetic hand they were dealt, meaning that a large crooked nose or uneven breasts are something you inherit from your parents. Those women are looking to alter their appearance to gain more self-confidence, fit in and appear "normal" like anyone else.
Ageing is more difficult on women, because their skin tissue is finer than men, so that buoyancy and suppleness we see in younger faces begins to decline after age 40. That is why most patients are female.