A recent new survey commissioned by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) shows that 51% of all Americans approve of cosmetic plastic surgery. This new statistic reflects a three percent increase from 2009. Further, the data holds true across people in all income brackets.
1) 52% of respondents with an income of under $25K approve of cosmetic surgery
2) 48% of respondents with an income between $25K-$50K approve
3) 45% of respondents with an income between $50K-$75K approve
4) 56% of respondents with an income above $75K approve
5) 29% of the respondents who earn under $25K would consider cosmetic surgery for themselves.
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.
These figures are very encouraging and support the importance and legitimacy of cosmetic plastic surgery and the process of board certification in plastic surgery.