72% of Young Women Want Plastic Surgery
K. Mathews on 30 Aug 2011 at 9:00am
If you have any doubt that attitudes toward cosmetic surgery are changing with each subsequent generation, look no further than a survey published by More! magazine. A poll of 1,000 readers found that 72% of women in their twenties would like to have plastic surgery.
More! magazine, a UK publication that bills itself as “your daily fix of fashion and men”, found that not only do women want the surgery, but nearly half of the women also indicate that they intend to actually have at least one procedure in the future.
While most twenty-something women were interested in plastic surgery because they are displeased with their appearance, an additional 35% believed that receiving cosmetic enhancements would boost their confidence. The women aren’t shy about the procedures either, with only 31% saying they would try to hide the fact that they had work done.
We see similar desires from twenty-something women on RealSelf. Just look at all of the questions 18 through 24-year-old women are asking doctors about breast implants.
Chantelle Horton, editor of More!, is displeased with the findings, saying, “The results show a worrying trend towards young women becoming obsessed with creating the ‘perfect’ body image. It’s clear that women see surgery as a normal, acceptable, and desirable way to correct their perceived imperfections and they genuinely believe this would make them happier.”
What do you think? Are you similarly concerned with this trend? And does a beauty magazine that is likely partially responsible for how women feel about their own bodies have a right to criticize its readers for taking steps to alter their appearance?