Survey Finds That Women Are More Likely To Consider Plastic Surgery Than They Were Ten Years Ago

New York, NY (March 16, 2009) – A new survey shows that more than half (56%) of all Americans approve of cosmetic plastic surgery and nearly one-third (30%) say they would consider having cosmetic surgery themselves, either now or in the future. The February 2009 consumer attitudes poll of 1000 American households was commissioned by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and conducted by the independent research firm Synovate.

Women are more likely than men to contemplate cosmetic surgery; 40% of women said they would consider having cosmetic surgery, compared to 18% of men. But many of those who might not want surgery themselves say it has nothing to do with what others might think. Almost three-quarters (73%) of all women and 69% of all men said that if they had cosmetic surgery, they would not be embarrassed if other people knew about it.  

Opinion  2009  2000
Americans’ general approval of cosmetic surgery
Women  62% 61%
Men  51% 63%
Would not be embarrassed about having cosmetic surgery
Women  73% 77%
Men 69% 77%
Would consider cosmetic surgery for self, now or in the future
Women 40% 31% 
Men 18%   20%
Would consider cosmetic surgery for self, now or in the future, by race/ethnicity [includes both men and women]
White Americans  29% 26%
Non-White Americans 31% 24%

 

Other key findings of the study include: 

  • The majority of men and women (73 percent) have not wavered on their attitude toward cosmetic surgery in the past five years; although 20 percent said their attitude was ‘more favorable' and 7 percent that said their attitude was ‘less favorable' than it was five years ago.
  • Out of all age groups, men and women between the ages of 25 and 34 are the most likely to consider plastic surgery for themselves now or in the future.
  • Men and women age 18 to 24, at 65 percent, are the most likely to approve of cosmetic surgery, while those age 55-64, at only 49 percent, are the least likely to show approval.
  • Ethnicity has little effect as to whether respondents would be embarrassed if people outside their immediate family and close friends knew they had cosmetic surgery.   Exactly the same percentage (71%) of white respondents and nonwhite respondents said they would not be embarrassed.

According to 2008 ASAPS Cosmetic Surgery Statistics, last year women had more than 9.3 million cosmetic procedures (92 percent of total), and men had over 800,000 procedures (8 percent of total). Overall, the number of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures decreased 12 percent from 2007. To access the complete 2008 ASAPS Statistics Click Here.

About ASAPS
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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