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Summary: Whether it’s a divorce or a haircut, it’s hard to pin down exactly what makes the decision. Why do people want plastic surgery? What makes that final decision? The answer is always going to vary because people have very different desires and expectations. Which means there’s no one answer to this question of why people want plastic surgery. There are, however, some interesting through lines. And that’s what we look at in this article.

Why Do People Want Plastic Surgery When They Do?

We hear this question quite a bit around our offices: why do people want plastic surgery? And sometimes that question is meant in a general sense. People want to know the motivations behind the popularity of plastic surgery. But more often, they’re talking about a specific motivation.

That is, people want to know what that one thing is that finally helps you make a decisions to go under the knife. That’s because many people spend a significant amount of time thinking about plastic surgery and researching plastic surgery. So what finally makes them decide on plastic surgery?

It turns out that there are a variety of these types of motivations. One for each person, obviously. But there are some connecting threads. So we’ll take a look at those threads and what they can tell us about the question: why do people want plastic surgery?

Life Changes

First and foremost, many people will decide to undergo plastic surgery because something in their life changes. Sometimes these changes are good things. And sometimes these changes are traditionally considered bad things. Let’s look at an example.

Let’s say you want to get a divorce. Now, traditionally divorces are considered unfortunate events. They’re supposed to be sad. But for some people, a divorce is a perfect catalyst to motivate plastic surgery. That’s because after a divorce, you might want to look youthful and rejuvenated. You want to get those years back. And plastic surgery is one way to do that.

On the flip side, let’s say you’ve lost a significant amount of weight. That would usually be considered a good thing! But losing weight can leave you with a significant amount of excess skin. And the only way to eliminate that excess skin is through plastic surgery. Sometimes it’s a “good” life event that provides motivation, and sometimes it’s a little more complicated.


Sometimes it’s not life events that provide the motivation for finally calling your plastic surgeon about a procedure. For some patients, it’s a little more practical. After all, plastic surgery is usually a pretty expensive enterprise. A single procedure can cost over $10,000, depending on all the variables.

So it shouldn’t be shocking that, for some patients, it’s all about the money. That is, people are waiting until they’ve saved enough money before electing to undergo the procedure. When the funds are secured, they’re ready to move forward. For some patients, this is simply a little more preferable than financing the procedure. Ultimately, this is up to the individual–but it’s definitely a factor in the decision making process.

Other Factors

Financing and life events are not the only factors when it comes to deciding to undergo plastic surgery. People have exhibit a wide variety of triggers that help them make that final call. Here’s a (not complete) list of some of them:

  • Some patients will feel the need to research until they’ve answered all their own questions; once those questions are answered, they feel comfortable moving forward
  • In some cases it’s a friend who undergoes plastic surgery (and who has a favorable result) that could create the final encouragement
  • For some patients, it could be something as simple as finally being able to take the requisite amount of time off of work
  • Some patients don’t make the decision to move forward based on any particular criteria; it’s more like they make smaller decisions along the way

This list is, of course, not at all exhaustive. But it can give you an idea of the various ways in which plastic surgery patients finally make the decision to undergo a procedure. As you can see, there are as many variations as there are people in the world!

What it really comes down to, in the end, is whether you’re ready to undergo a procedure. Some people know when they’re ready. Others require a kind of external push (a push, by the way, that should almost never come from plastic surgeons themselves–I’m talking about a push like one of those life events noted above).

Why do people want plastic surgery? Something ends up making that surgery an appealing option.

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