New Study Reveals That Millions of U.S. Women Battle with Body Issues

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According to a recent study by RealSelf.com, an online community about elective procedures, U.S. women of all ages admit to having body issues, with a large percentage actively pursuing solutions. Dr. Kevin Sadati discusses the results of the new study, including trends he has seen in his own practice.

Despite the majority of women in the survey expressing unhappiness with their bodies, less than half have actually invested in cosmetic procedures.

The study, which surveyed 5,053 U.S. females, shows that 90 percent of women ages 18 to 24 and 85 percent of women ages 55 to 64 years are unhappy with “at least one” part of their bodies. The study also revealed a rising trend amongst the women surveyed for seeking help from a cosmetic doctor. This number has risen by more than 200 percent. The study also showed that one in five women surveyed are actively planning or considering plastic surgery. Another seven percent have actually pursued cosmetic surgery in the past.

Despite the majority of women in the survey expressing unhappiness with their bodies, less than half have actually invested in cosmetic procedures. The study shows that 57 percent of American women ages 18-64 have not sought any products or services to change the appearance of a body part they are unhappy with.

It is estimated from the study results that women ages 25-34 (about 86 percent of those surveyed) are the most likely age group to pursue products or services to change a part of the body they are unhappy with. Around 40 percent of these women are likely to pursue cosmetic procedures. It is revealed that at age 45, interest in changing the appearance of a body part drops dramatically, though there is an exception for neck procedures, such as neck lifts and neck liposuction. For those who would not pursue cosmetic procedures, the most common reasons cited include debt (60 percent), fear of complications (58 percent), fear of pain (51 percent), hearing negative stories (47 percent), fear of looking worse (41 percent), recovery and downtime (54 percent) and the inability to find a surgeon the patient feels she can trust (40 percent).

Though a large number of women are not actively pursuing cosmetic procedures, there are many who are. The study reveals that the top motivators for women pursuing cosmetic procedures include the desire to feel more comfortable with oneself (65 percent) or a milestone life event like a birthday (29 percent).

Dr. Kevin Sadati is not surprised by what the study found. “I have women of all ages come to my Newport Beach practice, the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, wanting to improve a specific area of the body. While I have found that many of these patients are in the 18-45 age range, I also have many patients in the 45+ category. As cosmetic procedures have become more mainstream and socially acceptable, more and more women are undergoing them, especially older women. Women in the 45+ category, for example, often want to improve the neck and/or face area to gain a more youthful appearance. I am able to provide my patients with a more youthful appearance thanks to procedures like the natural facelift (lower facelift and neck lift), Fractional C02 Laser Resurfacing and fat grafting with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).”

Dr. Sadati has over a decade of experience in facial plastic surgery and has performed over 2,500 neck lifts alone. Thanks to his extensive training and natural artistic talent, Dr. Sadati can offer solutions to patients in Southern California and Orange County who want a more youthful appearance or simply want to change a “trouble spot.” For more information on Dr. Sadati and his range of cosmetic procedures, visit his website at http://www.galleryofcosmeticsurgery.com/

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