Patients use cosmetic surgery as a reward

More and more people are viewing cosmetic surgery as a reward for reaching personal goals, including weight loss. A cosmetic surgeon working in Memphis, USA, has told a local newspaper that he treats many patients who have been thinking about their options for some time. Dr Adam Baker said: “[Cosmetic surgery] is a reward for them and I hear them say all the time, when I hit this weight, when I lose 10 or 15 pounds, then I'm coming in. When I hit this goal, this is what I want.”Dr Baker adds that usually such rewards are non-surgical treatments such as skin peels and laser hair removal, but that people also look to finish their weight loss surgery with procedures such as liposuction. He has noticed that the majority of his patients, who are in their 40s and 50s, also use non-surgical treatments such as Botox and medical microdermabrasion to level the playing field with younger co-workers. “They know they act younger than they are and they know their co-workers are younger than they are,” Dr Baker said.