Data from a recent online study showed that among women in the U.S., 87% reported they were unhappy with at least one area of their bodies, and one in five women reported they were currently pursuing or planned to pursue plastic surgery! These rates represent a more than 200% rise in the trend of seeking help from a cosmetic physician, with an estimated market of more than $75 billion, according to a press release from the online community of RealSelf commissioned the online study, which was completed by 5,053 women between the ages of 18 and 64 years old from Nov. 24 to Dec. 2, 2014. The study sample included women from ethnicity groups that included Caucasian, Black, Asian and Hispanic.
Survey results showed more than 90% of women between the ages of 18 and 24 years reported unhappiness with at least one body part, compared with 85% of women between the ages of 55 and 64. 57% percent of all women surveyed reported they had not sought out the help of retail, spas, dermatologists or plastic surgeons for products or services to change their body appearance. However, 86% of women between the ages of 25 and 34 reported they were willing to pursue help to change a body part, and 40% reported they were likely to pursue surgery for this purpose, according to the release.
Among the factors women counted as primary influences when it came to consumer awareness, survey results demonstrated that the Internet was the primary source of treatment awareness (61%) across all age groups, followed by word-of-mouth (42%). Women between the ages of 18 and 24 years were found to be more likely to educate themselves about treatments through popular media than women in the older age groups; 41% of young women reported they had learned about treatments from reality TV shows, whereas older women were more likely to learn about treatments through news reports and magazine articles, according to the release.
This survey can be considered disturbing when you consider that reality shows and opinions versus facts and studies are “educating” our younger generation on how to research information as serious as cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery. One can only hope that the plastic surgeon they choose will help them make an informed and fact-based decision before they undergo any surgery. In many cases cosmetic procedures may not be as necessary as the support of friends and loved ones to lift their confidence and self-image.
And while the internet may be the source where young women get their facts and statistics, it is not solely to blame for the influence on beauty over young women. Reality shows can now be found on almost every channel, and many of them have been responsible for shaping the images of what women “should” look like. Cosmetic surgery reality shows have successfully attracted young audiences since 2002 such as, Extreme Makeover, Dr. 90210,The Swan, Bridal plasty, Addicted to Beauty and Plastic Wives. Images of women only being happy if they look good is the true reality that our young women face today. Are they confident enough to challenge such an absurd concept? www.ac-journal.org
If you are seeking more information on cosmetic procedures or plastic surgery you should make an appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr Aguiar. The most common procedures young women see out are Breast Augmentation and Liposuction at Aguiar Plastic Surgery, we offer state-of-the art, safe, and effective cosmetic procedures, plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery, and Med Spa services in Tampa, Florida. We can discuss your concerns and give you an honest and realistic consultation that is designed and tailored to create an appearance on the outside that will reflect how you feel on the inside.
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