10 March 2010

A new survey has found that cosmetic surgery is becoming increasingly accepted among people regardless of their income, with almost half of people in the United States approving of cosmetic surgery procedures. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) found that 48 per cent of survey respondents approved of cosmetic plastic surgery, with almost a quarter stating that they would consider undergoing surgery themselves.A key finding of this report was that acceptance of cosmetic surgery did not largely depend on income, with 48 per cent of those earning under $25k (17k) approving, compared to 52 per cent of respondents earning between $25k to $50k (17k to 34k) and 62 per cent of those earning over $75k (50k). ASAPS President Renato Saltz explained: "Twenty years ago people thought only movie stars and rich women had plastic surgery; now people in every income bracket know someone who has had a plastic surgery procedure or would consider plastic surgery for themselves. Even in this difficult economic time, people are willing to invest in the things that improve their quality of life." Dr Saltz also said: "Feeling good about the way they look is high on the list of priorities." The study found that 73 per cent of women and 66 per cent of men said they would not be embarrassed to tell others they had undergone cosmetic surgery. Women were found to be more likely than men to consider cosmetic surgery, with 37 per cent compared to only 19 per cent of men, and the most popular age group for cosmetic surgery was identified as being between the ages of 35 and 40 for both men and women.