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Abstract and Applied Analysis
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 169253, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/169253
Research Article

Mathematical Modeling of the Consumption of Low Invasive Plastic Surgery Practices: The Case of Spain

1Departamento de Economía y Ciencias Sociales, Universitat Politècnica de València, 46022 València, Spain
2Instituto Universitario de Matemática Multidisciplinar, Universitat Politècnica de València, 46022 València, Spain

Received 13 July 2013; Accepted 4 September 2013

Academic Editor: Francisco Solís Lozano

Copyright © 2013 E. De la Poza et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Plastic surgery practice grows continuously among the women in Western countries due to their body image dissatisfaction, aging anxiety, and an ideal body image propagated by the media. The consumption growth is so important that plastic surgery is becoming a normal practice among women, like any other cosmetic product, with the risk of suffering psychopathology disorders in the sense that plastic surgery could be employed as an instrument to recover personal self-esteem or even happiness. Plastic surgery practice depends on economic, demographic, and social contagion factors. In this paper, a mathematical epidemiological model to forecast female plastic surgery consumption in Spain is fully constructed. Overconsumer subpopulation is predicted and simulated. Robustness of the model versus uncertain parameters is studied throughout a sensitivity analysis.