New Attitudes Toward Plastic Surgery

Growing steadily in popularity over the years as an option to change one's appearance and self-esteem, plastic surgery has finally reached a bit of a rebound. According to a new survey examining 2010 plastic surgery trends commissioned by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 51 percent of all Americans, regardless of income bracket, approve of plastic surgery. This three percent increase from 2009 may seem like a small jump, but what is significant is that plastic surgery supporters are still the majority, and getting closer to peak levels they were years ago.

It's unclear if this upward shift will continue in the long term, but it is clear that plastic surgery is not some passing fad for the rich. More than 9.5 million cosmetic procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical, were performed in 2010, according to the ASAPS. The study also found that 67 percent of Americans would not be embarrassed if friends and family knew about their cosmetic surgery. It sounds like gone are the days when cosmetic surgery was a heavily guarded secret.

To those who have undergone plastic surgery: have you noticed a shift in attitude towards plastic surgery? Are you embarrassed when friends and family find out that you've had plastic surgery?