Surveys find many young women begin planning plastic surgeries in teens

September 19, 2011

Surveys find many young women begin planning plastic surgeries in teens
Surveys find many young women begin planning plastic surgeries in teens

A recent survey commissioned by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) found that the number of Americans who approve of cosmetic plastic surgeries is increasing, regardless of age and income level.

The survey also revealed that men and women between the ages of 18 and 24 are the most likely to consider undergoing procedures themselves either immediately or in the future, even though the majority of individuals choosing plastic surgeries are actually aged between 35 and 50.

Additionally, a pair of studies conducted in the U.K. reveal that young women often decide at an early age to seek out surgeries to enhance their appearance.

According to Spire Healthcare, a British plastic surgery group survey of 3,000 women between the ages of 18 and 30 revealed that 25 percent of women first consider cosmetic procedures between the ages of 10 and 15.

As they age, even more plan to go under the knife. The survey found that one in three British teens decide to pursue plastic surgeries between the ages of 15 and 18.

A separate poll of 1,000 women aged between 18 and 30 conducted by More magazine revealed similar findings. Of those questioned, 72 percent said they want to have cosmetic surgery and 49 percent said they are planning to have work done at some point in the near future.

More than half of those who plan future surgeries (57 percent) say they will do so because they are unhappy with the way they look.

"It is clear that young women see surgery as a normal, acceptable and desirable way to correct their perceived imperfections and they genuinely believe this would make them happier," More magazine editor Chantelle Horton said.

According to the ASAPS, common surgeries undergone by those under the age of 35 include breast augmentation, liposuction and rhinoplasty. Non-surgical procedures such as Botox injections, hyaluronic acid injections, microdermabrasion and laser hair removal are also common among younger patients.  


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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