Our society may be seen as gerontophobic. Gerontophobia is the fear of growing old, or a hatred or fear of the elderly. Many other cultures seem to have much higher regard and respect for older people due to their wisdom and life experiences. In the US our society has become youth obsessed as seen in the rate of increase with plastic surgery. Despite a still shaky economy, according to plasticsurgery.org, “cosmetic surgical procedures increased two percent, with nearly 1.6 million procedures in 2010.” Cosmetic surgery included breast augmentation, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, liposuction and tummy tuck. Additionally, cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures increased five percent, with nearly 11.6 million procedures in 2010. The top five minimally-invasive procedures included:
• Botulinum toxin type A (5.4 million)
• Soft tissue fillers (1.8 million)
• Chemical peel (1.1 million)
• Laser hair removal (938,000)
• Microdermabrasion (825,000)
Amazingly botox, peels and fillers are now commonplace anti-wrinkle procedures much like getting a pedicure.
We’ve all seen plastic surgery and treatments gone bad making people who wage too strong of a fight with nature begin to turn into freaky-looking circus acts. Take a look a this video of celebrity plastic surgery gone wrong.
So I will ask our readers, what makes us so afraid of aging that we would allow ourselves to undergo harsh extremes to appear youthful? Please submit your comments.
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