New Survey Suggests Patients No Longer “Embarrassed” by Cosmetic Surgery

New York, NY (February 24, 2006)— In a new study commissioned by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and released today, men and women of all ages report a greater willingness to tell non-family members that they've had cosmetic surgery

According to the February 2006 report of 1000 Americans 18 years of age and older, 79 percent of men and 82 percent of women would not be embarrassed if anyone other than immediate family and close friends knew about any plastic surgery they'd had done. While 29 percent of men and women aged 18 to 24 claimed they would be self-conscious about revealing they'd had work done, 89 percent of those in the 55 to 64 range claimed that they would have no misgivings whatsoever, up 7 percent from a 2005 survey.

Other key findings of the study include:

  • The majority of men and women (74 percent) have not wavered on their attitude toward cosmetic surgery in the past five years, although 16 percent said they were ‘more favorable' as opposed to 9 percent that said they were ‘less favorable.'
  • Men and women are nearly equal in their approval of cosmetic surgery, with men showing a slightly lower (52 percent) approval rating than women (55 percent). 
  • Out of all age groups, men and women between the ages of 18 and 24 are the most likely to have grown ‘more favorable' of plastic surgery in the last 5 years. 
  • Marital status has little effect as to whether a man or a woman would consider having cosmetic surgery. At 25 percent, those who are married are only slightly less likely to have work done than the un-wed (28 percent).
  • Men and women age 55 to 64, at 61 percent, are the most likely to approve of cosmetic surgery, while those age 65 and over, at only 42 percent, are the least likely to show approval.

The study was commissioned by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and conducted by the independent research firm Synovate.

According to 2005 ASAPS Cosmetic Surgery Statistics, last year women had nearly 10,443,847 cosmetic procedures (91.4 percent of total), and men had nearly 984,903 procedures (8.6 percent of total). Overall, the number of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures decreased 4% percent from 2004. To access the complete 2005 ASAPS Statistics, go to


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 nonsurgical 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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