Whether they’re good or bad, most us of have strong opinions about plastic surgery. But would the chance at free plastic surgery change someone’s opinion?
Interestingly enough, an independent survey in the UK indicates that most Brits would opt no, even if plastic surgery were entirely free of charge.
The survey, which was conducted by Fabriah.com, a beauty retailer that sells anti-aging skin care products (which may have swayed the results), polled 750 women in the UK. Of the 750 participants, 44 percent said they would say “yes” to free plastic surgery – but only if they knew the surgery would make them look younger or more attractive.
Opinions of Plastic Surgery Vary Across Age and Geographic Location
The results also indicated different levels of acceptance among age groups. By and large, the 18-30 year old group was thee most likely to consider surgery, while those over 55 were the least likely.
Additional factors, such as living in an urban or rural region also affected responses: urbanites were more likely to consider plastic surgery than those in the country.
Plastic Surgery Becoming More Mainstream
Even though most participants said they’d prefer to age gracefully, the numbers (44 percent) still seem to support the belief that plastic surgery is slowly becoming the norm.
And because the study only surveyed women, it failed to take into account one of the fastest growing demographics in plastic surgery: aging men.
According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, male plastic surgery – which accounts for 10 percent of all surgery – is growing faster than ever. The rate of male breast reduction in particular, has doubled in the past five years.
Plastic surgery doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. More than 9 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the US last year, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic surgery, a one percent increase from the previous year.