Cosmetic Procedures Rise in Popularity
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
In February, Melanie Thomas, 27, a former Las Cruces resident who now lives in Dallas, Texas, underwent breast augmentation surgery at Memorial Medical Center, going from a B cup size to a DD cup size.
Her surgeon was Dr. Paul Phillips, who performs reconstructive and cosmetic surgery through his practice at Memorial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, in Las Cruces, which opened in August 2016.
“It’s something I had been wanting to do for a while and kept waiting to see if it was something I really wanted to go through with,” said Thomas, whose name has been changed to protect her identity. “Dr. Phillips made me feel comfortable with the process and going forward, so it just made it a lot easier for me to follow through with it.”
Thomas said she is happy with the results of the procedure and that despite what some people may think, she doesn’t see a problem in getting cosmetic surgery — a medical discipline focused on enhancing a patient's appearance.
“I feel some people look down on it, but I think if it makes you feel better about yourself and it’s something you’re doing for you and not for other people, I think it’s great,” she said.
Thomas isn’t alone. According to the most recent statistics provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. has grown, with 15.9 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures (Botox, dermal fillers) performed in the U.S. in 2015 — a 2 percent increase from 2014.
In 2015, the top five cosmetic surgical procedures were breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery and tummy tuck, according to the ASPS.
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