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According to the 2010 American Plastic Surgery Statistics report, plastic surgery is on the rise for men compared to 2009.  Overall, cosmetic surgery rose 5 percent from 2009 to 2010. Economy aside, we want to look pretty. The favorite surgeries for men include liposuction and face lifts; women opt for breast jobs.  Interestingly, breast augmentation is still the number one surgery in the U.S. and it rose. The other top surgeries include the tummy tuck, liposuction, eyelid reconstruction, and the nose job.

The non-invasive star of the beauty industry was Botox shots which increased an amazing 14 percent in one year. Smile pretty, the face is our new favorite sculpting ground. As reported in the review “Although not among the Top 5 Cosmetic Surgical procedures, face lifts experienced significant growth in 2010 with nearly 113,000 procedures, up 9 percent. Face lifts have not experienced growth since 2007, before the recession.”

Is it working? For some, but for others it can become an addiction. Botox, Restilin, face lifts, mole removal, eyelash extensions, lip plumping, the procedures are endless, but for some no amount nip and tuck will ever make them feel better.

Close to 1 to 2 percent of the population struggles with Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Dr. Jamie Feusner a psychiatrist out of UCLA conducted new research on BDD using an MRI brain scan. The study concluded the BDD suffers used the left – more analytical side of their brain – then the control group when looking at pictures of a face. Whereas the right side of the brain is used for seeing the whole image in its entirety, the left side of the brain is used to pick things apart and scrutinize the details.

Is there a lesson to be learned in this for all of us with body image issues? Yes, the next time you catch yourself cursing a wrinkle, Google searching liposuction, or daydreaming about a smaller nose, remember that you are probably hyper critiquing that body part.

You can’t look through a microscope to see the world, so why would you look through a microscope to see yourself?