A survey revealed that seven out of 10 of us have expressed interest in a cosmetic procedure – double 2013 numbers. Does that mean we are feeling worse about how we look, or that cosmetic procedures are much less invasive and more socially acceptable to undertake than ever? It’s unclear exactly why we are becoming more and more interested in augmenting our features, but there is no doubt that cosmetic procedures are up there on our to-do lists in vastly greater numbers than ever before.
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) survey looked into the public’s views on and interest in cosmetic procedures, along with their preferred practitioners for those procedures. Dermatologists were selected as the physician of choice for eight out of 10 treatment categories, with important features being board certification, referrals and licence levels.
The top four treatments we want are:
- Body sculpting (58 per cent) (which includes liposuction, fat-dissolving injections, ThermiTight, and fat freezing)
- Ultrasound, laser, light and radiofrequency treatments to tighten skin or smooth wrinkles (57 per cent)
- Microdermabrasion (53 per cent)
- Laser hair removal (47 per cent)
The reasons people stated as wanting cosmetic procedures include:
- Feeling more confident
- Look as young as I feel or better for my age
- Feel more attractive
When asked about the elements about their appearance that bug them, respondents said:
- Excess fat on any part of their body (first for the fourth year running)
- Wrinkles around the eyes
- Excess fat under the chin and neck (double chin)
- Skin texture and/or discolouration
- Wrinkles near the mouth and cheeks
- Sagging facial skin
- Lines between the eyebrows, forehead and neck/chin
The survey was conducted online, and received over 7,300 responses.