8 Biggest Cosmetic Surgery Myths – Busted!

Over the years, there have been many myths associated with Cosmetic Surgery. From Blepharoplasty to Breast Enlargement, we’re here to address the eight biggest Cosmetic Surgery myths. How? By using official statistics, gathered from our own research of course. We recently polled 4,000 adults on their views about Cosmetic Surgery and Non Surgical treatments, as well as their own personal experience – and we’ve used your answers to bust these myths once and for all.


  • Myth 1: “People who have Cosmetic Surgery are vain and obsessed with their looks”

Fact: Many people mistakenly assume that just because Cosmetic Surgery is designed to alter a patient’s appearance, it’s only undertaken by those obsessed with their image. In actual fact, more than half of our survey respondents said their main reason for undergoing Cosmetic Surgery would be “to improve my confidence levels” (55 per cent of respondents), compared with just three per cent who said they would have Cosmetic Surgery “to look like a celebrity”.


  • Myth 2: “Cosmetic Surgery is only for rich people”

Fact: While Cosmetic Surgery doesn’t come cheap, it is open to everyone. At The Harley Medical Group, we offer bespoke finance options to help you cover the cost of your chosen procedure in manageable chunks over an agreed period of time. Interestingly, almost half of you (47 per cent) told us that “choosing a Cosmetic Surgery provider which has the best doctors and trained nurses” was most important. Just 14 per cent of respondents thought that “finding a Cosmetic Surgery provider which is the cheapest in the UK or abroad” was the most important factor.

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  • Myth 3:“It’s always obvious when people have had Cosmetic Surgery”

Fact: Some patients choose to have obvious-looking alterations, however the majority of those who undergo Cosmetic Surgery request natural-looking results. A huge 42 per cent of respondents to our survey said they would want to remain natural-looking, as opposed to just 16 per cent who would request noticeable looking surgery.


  • Myth 4: “People have Cosmetic Surgery to look like their favourite celebrity”

Fact: While looking like a celebrity is important to some, there has been a recent surge in the number of patients opting for Cosmetic Surgery to look like their Instagram selfies. When presented with a range of celebrities, 45 per cent of female respondents chose “none of the above”, while almost 50 per cent of men said the same.

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  • Myth 5: “Cosmetic Surgery is just for women”

Fact: Women make up the majority of Cosmetic Surgery patients. However, they’re slowly being caught up by men, with the number of men seeking Cosmetic Surgery rising year on year. What’s more, nearly half of our survey respondents were male (42 per cent), 22 per cent of which had undertaken Cosmetic Surgery or Non Surgical treatments, compared to 24 per cent of women. Take a look at our Male Cosmetic Surgery options for more information about what’s available for men at The Harley Medical Group.


  • Myth 6: “Women are more concerned about their appearance than men”

Fact: You’d be forgiven for assuming that due to the large numbers of Skin Care and beauty products, not to mention media pressure, that women cared more about their appearance than their male counterparts. When it comes to Facial Cosmetic Surgery however, men are leading the way, with four times as many male respondents having had a Face Lift. Blepharoplasty (Eye Bag Removal) was also more common among men than women.


  • Myth 7: “Men are more confident about Ageing”

The Harley Medical Group | Cosmetic Surgery MythsFact: They may age at a slower rate than women (sorry, ladies) but a higher percentage of female respondents told us they think they look younger than their actual age: 1,313 women (57 per cent) compared to 757 men (45 per cent) – time to up the Skin Care regime guys?


  • Myth 8: “Only women from Essex have Breast Enlargement surgery”

Fact: Those living in Essex may shout more about their surgical alterations but in actual fact, only 7 per cent of respondents from Chelmsford said that the size of their breasts is the biggest worry about their appearance, compared to 12 per cent of Mancunian women. Interestingly, none of our Chelmsford respondents have had Breast Enlargement or Breast Reduction surgery, and only one person had had a Breast Uplift. Birmingham had the highest number of breast surgeries with Breast Enlargement the most popular, followed by Breast Uplift and Breast Reduction (24, 19 and 18 per cent respectively).


So there you have it – the eight biggest Cosmetic Surgery myths busted; and it’s all thanks to you. Can you think of any myths that we’ve missed? Let us know on our Facebook and Twitter pages and we’ll try to bust them for you.