The techniques used in Cosmetic surgery have been around for quite some time. Thousands of years ago, people in India, Rome and Egypt (amongst other areas) were performing operations to enhance the aesthetic beauty of human beings for a number of different reasons. Some reasons were completely narcissistic, other reasons included needing to have an ear repaired after being in a bloody battle.
Today cosmetic surgery is primarily used to help people achieve a level of beauty that wasn't possible thousands of years ago. What people consider beautiful, today, has changed a lot throughout the years and advancements in medical technology. These days, most people find thinner, younger looking bodies to be what's considered attractive. This look is highly coveted, by many people who choose to go under the knife.
Nose jobs are pretty common and have been around for quite some time. At one time having procedures done was something most people wanted to avoid talking about. It was something a lot of people were ashamed to admit having done, but with the increased popularity of these procedures, more and more people are finding it less and less embarrassing to admit.
Talking about plastic surgery in this day of age has become almost as commonplace as talking about what you may have had for dinner. Celebrities seem to play a big part in how the rest of the world feels about having "work done". Once people saw their favorite movie stars coming out and saying "Yep, I had this and that done", and didn't seem to exhibit any humiliation from discussing it. More people seemed to find the idea a little more appealing and a little less intimidating.
There are all kinds of procedures a person can have done today. Just about anything you perceive to be wrong with your body, can be modified into something that's more to your liking. Whether it's breast augmentation, a nose job, liposuction, or a face-lift, it's possible now to become someone who looks completely different from the person they started out as. It's also possible just to have some minor touch-ups done, if you don't like the idea of a total body make-over.
If you think you're too short, it's even possible to have a procedure to make you a little taller. No matter what the perceived imperfection may be, today there is a way to remedy it.
There are risks involved, as with any surgery. Weighing the risks of anesthesia and possible problems that may arise from the surgery itself is up to the patient to discuss with the surgeon. It may not be possible for some people to have certain operations done. If you smoke you will have to quit before surgery. Some surgeries require you to go on a diet and lose a little weight before the operation can be underway.
With the use of Cosmetic surgery, there is no need to hide from the world (that is until after any healing you have to do is complete). There is much debate on whether or not these surgeries are necessary for most people, but each individual has the right to choose how they wish to look, and if you have the means to get it done, there is no reason to let the opinions of others dissuade you from that decision.