More than half of Americans consider cosmetic surgery

A new study has revealed that more than half of people in the United States are interested in undergoing cosmetic surgery procedures. The study of more than 2,200 Americans was conducted by Harris Interactive for RealSelf.com at the end of 2009, and found that 54 per cent of respondents said they would have plastic surgery if they could afford it. This represents a rise of 7 per cent over the previous year.According to Quality of Life Report, the most popular procedure chosen by those questioned was teeth whitening, followed by tummy tucks, liposuction and hair removal.Breast implants came further down the list, but were still most popular among women aged 18 to 34, with 24 per cent of that age group stating that they would have breast augmentation if they could afford it. Tummy tucks were particularly popular with women over 35 years of age. A surprising finding of the research is that people tended to prefer laser treatments as an alternative to Botox, with only 6 per cent being interested in the wrinkle relaxing treatment. However, Botox injections remained popular with women over 45. The poll also found differences based on age groups and gender, with 33 per cent of women over 55 years old being interested in a face lift, compared to only 13 per cent of men in the same age group. Over-55s were less interested in cosmetic surgery than younger generations overall.