Study finds that cost deters many from plastic surgery
February 10, 2012
A new study reveals that nearly a quarter (23 percent) of Americans would get plastic surgery if cost were not an issue.
The survey of more than 2,500 adults, conducted by CouponCabin.com, also found that women were more likely than men to say they would seek out cosmetic procedures (28 percent versus 18 percent).
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reports that the cost of cosmetic procedures can vary widely. Surgical procedures, such as breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tucks, facelifts and nose jobs are the more expensive than less-invasive non-surgical procedures. For example, the national average cost for a tummy tuck was $5,332 in 2010. Non-surgical procedures such as Botox injections, hyaluronic acid injections, chemical peels and microdermabrasion typically cost several hundred dollars per treatment.
This study confirms the results of a recent survey conducted by ASAPS, which found that more than half (51 percent) of Americans approve of plastic surgery, regardless of their income.
The 2011 report found that 52 percent of respondents with an income of under $25,000 per year approve of cosmetic surgery and 29 percent in this income bracket would consider it for themselves.
It also found that individuals who make more money annually approve of plastic surgery. Nearly half (48 percent) of respondents with an income between $25,000 and $50,000 per year, 45 percent of those with an income between $50,000 and $75,000 per year and 56 percent of those with an income above $75,000 per year approve of cosmetic surgeries, according to ASAPS.
"As the numbers suggest, people in every income bracket, single or married, male or female, view plastic surgery as a reasonable option today," said Dr. Felmont F. Eaves III, ASAPS past president. "Taking care of yourself and paying attention to physical appearance is increasingly important to everyone. As both traditional surgical procedures have been improved and refined, and new nonsurgical options have become available, aesthetic plastic surgeons have more to offer to our patients."
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.
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