Survey Shows That More Than Half of Americans Approve of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

“As the numbers suggest, people in every income bracket, single or married, male or female, view plastic surgery as a reasonable option today,” said Felmont F. Eaves III, MD, President of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). “Taking care of yourself and paying attention to physical appearance is increasingly important to everyone. As both traditional surgical procedures have been improved and refined, and new nonsurgical options have become available, aesthetic plastic surgeons have more to offer to our patients.”

Other key findings of the study include:

  • 53% of women and 49% of men say they approve of cosmetic surgery.
  • 67% of Americans would not be embarrassed if their friends and family knew they had cosmetic surgery.
  • 27% of married Americans and 33% of unmarried Americans would consider cosmetic surgery for themselves, now or in the future
  • 67% of white Americans and 72% of non-white Americans say they would not be embarrassed about having cosmetic surgery.
  • Most Americans (71%) said their attitude toward cosmetic surgery had not changed in the last five years, though 20% said it was ‘more favorable.’
  • Out of all age groups, men and women between the ages of 18 and 24 are the most likely to consider plastic surgery for themselves now or in the future (37%).
  • 77% of Americans 65 or older say they would not be embarrassed about having cosmetic surgery.

The study was commissioned by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and conducted by the independent research firm Synovate.

According to 2010 ASAPS Cosmetic Surgery Statistics, almost 9.5 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States last year.   

Women had nearly 8.6 million cosmetic procedures(92 percent of total) and men had more than 750,000 procedures (8 percent of total). Overall, the number of surgical procedures increased by almost 9 percent and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures decreased 9 percent from 2010. To access the complete 2010 ASAPS Statistics Click Here.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body.  ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.