Patients Are No Longer Embarrassed by Cosmetic Surgery

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A recently released study has shown that men and women of all ages report a greater willingness to tell non-family members that they've had cosmetic surgery. For many, many years cosmetic plastic surgery was something that was hidden or not talked about by most people. Recently however, the stigmata associated with plastic surgery have begun to change and it is not frowned upon as it once was.

A recently released study has shown that 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% of men and 82% 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% of men and women aged 18 to 24 claimed they would be self-conscious about revealing they'd had work done, 89% of those in the 55 to 64 range claimed that they would have no misgivings whatsoever, up 7% from a 2005 survey.

“People's perception of cosmetic surgery has changed drastically in the United States,” says Dr. Sam Speron, plastic surgery expert and consumer advocate. “For many, many years cosmetic plastic surgery was something that was hidden or not talked about by most people. Recently however, the stigmata associated with plastic surgery have begun to change and it is not frowned upon as it once was. The reasons for this are probably numerous including more natural looking results, more minimally invasive procedures as well as nonsurgical options available, and acceptance by the average person, media and celebrities. Most people have one or two things that they do not like about themselves -- realizing that they do in fact constitute the majority has helped change the thinking of the past.”

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.

Dr. Sam Speron is a Chicago Plastic Surgeon and is widely recognized as a leading expert on plastic surgery. Dr. Speron’s educational efforts have received critical acclaim from the media from around the country including radio (“The Paul Harvey show” on WGN radio), local TV (multiple CBS Channel 2 10PM special reports, multiple appearances on “This week with Dr. Breen”), national television (Discovery Health Channel), local radio (“The Joe Gentile Show” on WJJG on AM-1530, KFIZ Milwaukee with Joe Scheibinger), newspapers (Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Crain’s Chicago Business, Daily Herald), US magazines (People, The Complete Woman, Chicago Magazine, Living Life, Satisfaction, Medical Economics, The Lutheran), international magazines (Company, Europe) and online news (plasticsurgery.com, LocateaDoc.com, HealthNewsDigest.com, cosmeticsurgery.com, ChicagoHealthandFitness.com, ToursandTales.com).

Please visit us at http://www.prplastic.com, call us at 847.696.9900, or email us at prplastic@yahoo.com for a plastic surgery question or consultation.

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