"Mirror, mirror on the wall - who is the fairest in the country?" While this perpetual question is only seemingly resolved on numerous beauty contests every year, more and more people are obviously looking to get closer to their ideal of beauty.
In 2011, about 400, 000 plastic procedures were registered. There are also 132, 000 registered wrinkle injections. Since plastic surgery need not be reported, the actual number of plastic surgery is much higher. It is estimated that 1 million Germans a year undergo plastic surgery every year for the last few years.
Liposuction, ear corrections, removal of bags and slouches, hair transplants, sweat glands, nose surgery, thigh, buttocks and tummy tucks and breast surgery are at the top of the wish list. According to the Association of German Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the trend continues to increase: the annual growth rate is ten to fifteen percent.
Beauty in every age
While the number of interventions is currently at 400, 000 per year and continues to increase, the age limit of willing to operate spreads ever further down and up. In Germany, people under the age of 30 already face the face-lift on the operating table - including risks and side effects. Almost a third of all German "beauty patients" are under 30 years old. In 2011, 1.3 percent of registered plastic surgery operations were performed on adolescents.
Reports from the USA on beauty treatment in children and adolescents are currently increasing. In 2012, around 16, 000 teenagers had their botulinum toxin injected in 2012, mainly to temporarily shut down sweat glands in their armpits. Nearly 70, 000 laser-based hair removal treatments and nearly as many chemical skin scrubs in 2012 are causing problems for the majority of American physicians. They are calling for stronger legislation to monitor cosmetic surgery in the US.
New target groups
A representative survey by the German Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (DGÄPC) shows that in 2013, the proportion of patients between the ages of 31 and 50 is about 45 percent. In 2013, the proportion of over-50s accounted for about a quarter of plastic surgery patients. This is a considerable increase compared to the years before.
The popularity of undergoing beauty surgery at the age of growing steadily. Men are also increasingly undergoing plastic surgery. While the share of male patients was 10 percent in 2008, it is 17 percent in 2013.
Check list for parents and students
The DGÄPC has taken on the beauty problems of students in this country and for parents and children each issued a leaflet on "cosmetic surgery". Under the headline "Turn on the brain, " the students on the Body Check list are encouraged to be more comfortable with themselves and make peace.
But even here no good advice remains without exception: If the malaise with your own appearance threatens to become a tangible psychological problem, then parents and students should seek help. For this purpose, the Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons recommend a dialogue with the family doctor, the teacher or the school psychologist for the placement of competent interlocutors.
Surgeon wanted, competence found?
Anyone who has decided to undergo plastic surgery after careful consideration and consideration of all alternatives and risks must seek a surgeon. Although names and addresses can be found en masse, it is often difficult to find information about the quality of the surgeons.
In addition, as a result of changes in healthcare, more and more physicians of all disciplines are filling wrinkles, giving botulinum injections, and performing tummy tucks. Gynecologists may work as general surgeons and dermatologists without further additional qualification as plastic surgeons.
"Cosmetic surgeon" is a handy name, but not an official job title and says nothing about the qualification of the person concerned. A condition that the various medical societies want to change with their demands for certification and improved safety and quality controls.
Four specialist societies for plastic surgery
In Germany, there are four medical societies, each with a slightly different focus on plastic surgery.
- DGPW: German Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with a focus on reconstructive measures. Members German and international are surgeons, dermatologists, accident surgeons, thoracic surgeons and facial surgeons, as well as ophthalmologists, hand surgeons and pathologists.
- DGPRÄC: German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, in which only Specialists in Plastic (and Aesthetic) Surgery are members who focus on the four areas of reconstruction, burn, hand and aesthetics.
- DGÄPC: German Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. According to the statute, only specialists for plastic surgery can become members.
- VDÄPC: Association of German Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. The currently almost 100 members are all plastic surgeons.
The term "plastic surgeon" or "specialist in plastic surgery" is protected by law and requires several years of training in this area.
The before-and-after comparison
How do I recognize a "good" plastic surgeon? Among the many facets of cosmetic surgery, the question of the right surgeon is certainly the most exciting.
The following points should be considered when choosing:
- What specialist training does the surgeon have?
- Is he a member of a German professional society?
- How many times has he done the procedure?
- Are there "before-after" shots that prove the success of the procedure?
- Are follow-up operations already foreseeable?
- What risks are there?
- How long does the success of the procedure generally last?
- Is the procedure outpatient or inpatient?
- How is the aftertreatment done?
- How long should the cure last?
- What do I have to pay attention to before and after?
- How detailed is the estimate?