894 plastic surgeons were surveyed on the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries--the narcissistic kind--on patients in 2008. Our narcissism has led to ten primary procedures, both non-surgical and surgical.
Breast implants, nose jobs, skin peels, hair removal, liposuction, Botox and fixing droopy eyelids were among the leaders.
Implications - The ongoing march of technology has made it increasingly easy and cost-effective for people to adjust their appearance, and the result is that plastic surgery is more popular and widely-adopted than ever. This reflects society's growing aesthetic insecurity, and unfortunately this is a trend that the world's major companies and advertisers do little to mitigate. With this being said, surveys such as this nevertheless reflect the growing opportunities that this field continues to provide.
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