Plastic bags are a thing of the past.
A study released last week in the British Journal of Plastic Surgery said that plastic bags were no longer as popular as they used to be.
More: Plastic bags were used in more than half of all plastic surgery procedures performed in the UK in 2016, the report said.
But if you’re planning to undergo a plastic surgery operation, don’t expect to find plastic bags around your surgery table any time soon.
“This is a very big change in the way we use plastic bags in surgery, and in many cases we’re seeing it in the most unexpected places,” Dr Kate Poulton, from the University of Birmingham, said.
“It’s not just the cosmetic industry, but in the general surgery industry, they’re starting to look at this as a trend, so that’s good news.”
Dr Poulson said the trend towards plastic surgery could be traced back to the introduction of the first plastic bags, which were introduced in the 1960s.
She said it was not only the cosmetic industries that were adopting the trend, but also the general surgeon profession, which was beginning to recognise the benefits of plastic surgery.
“We’ve also seen a change in how we see surgery as well,” she said.
Dr Poulson said surgeons were starting to realise that there were many reasons why plastic bags could be good for cosmetic surgery.
“[We’re] beginning to understand why they can be a good fit for certain types of surgery,” she added.
“Some people can’t use them because of the plastic material or they can’t afford to use them, and it’s because of those reasons that people are now getting plastic bags for their surgeries.”
The study found plastic bags made up 17 per cent of all surgeries, and accounted for more than 10 per cent in the surgical setting.
It also found that there was a significant increase in the number of people who reported being dissatisfied with their plastic surgery experience, from 5 per cent to 10 per-cent.
The study said that the reasons people were dissatisfied with the cosmetic experience of plastic surgeries ranged from dissatisfaction with the material used to the cosmetic results.
One in four people surveyed said they had been dissatisfied with cosmetic results of the operation, and one in five said they were dissatisfied even with cosmetic result.
“This suggests that dissatisfaction is a problem in plastic surgery and there is some work to be done,” Dr Poulston said.
She said the study suggested there was room for improvement.
“There is still a long way to go to find the perfect solution for cosmetic plastic surgery,” Dr Tasha O’Brien, an associate professor of cosmetic surgery at the University at Sydney, said in a statement.
Dr Pascual Ochoa, a plastic surgeon and author of Plastic Medicine, said there were also some potential benefits for people who needed to remove a plastic bag.
“They don’t want to waste plastic bags,” she told ABC Radio Perth.
“You don’t have to use a lot of them, but you can have them in a small area of the body for that reason.”
Dr Ochoamas advice to patients who are concerned about plastic bags is to not be concerned with the size of a plastic bucket or the shape of the bag.
And don’t feel like you can’t reuse plastic bags.