Meg Fox, MS, PA-C, Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery at Mercy, Discusses Rise in Cosmetic Minimally Invasive Procedures
There has been a steady increase in all kinds of cosmetic procedures.
There was a time when talking about "having work done" was taboo. Now, people post their cosmetic procedure transformations on social media for the world to see.
Taylor Bee has a YouTube channel for makeup tutorials and weight loss advice, so her appearance is very important. Even though she's only 28, she gets regular Botox and lip-filler procedures.
"I think it's important to start young and early rather than after the fact," Bee said.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of people getting plastic surgery and minimally invasive procedures grows every year. For example, Botox procedures are up 3 percent from 2017.
Physician assistant Meg Fox, MS, PA-C, Cosmetic Medicine and Surgery at Mercy Medical Center, understands why.
"Botox, it gives you a lot of bang for your buck. You can soften things, you can still stay natural. Beyond that, fillers would be the second most popular, and that's just a little bit different, where you add volume because we lost volume over time. Those are probably the most popular procedures," Fox said.
One of the biggest reasons for the increase in cosmetic procedures is social media.
"People are seeing themselves on camera, seeing themselves in social media, so it's important to them. And people are talking about it, that's another thing. Before, no one talked about getting Botox. It was something you didn't want to tell people. Now, everyone is talking about it, they're actually posting to social media," Fox said.
"I think it used to be kind of hush-hush situation, like, 'Don't ask, don't tell' type thing, and I don't know why. I think the more we talk about it, the more natural and everyday it is, and it's really not that big of a deal," Bee said.
Bee's advice to anyone thinking of having something done: "It's definitely worth it in the end. I'm very happy with my results. So, go for it."
View Mercy physician assistant Meg Fox’s interview regarding the rise in cosmetic procedures like Botox.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.