July 10, 2012 – More American teenagers and young adults are unsatisfied with their bodies, but the majority of them wouldn’t consider having cosmetic surgery. A survey recently conducted by InSites Consulting and published in the Examiner found that over 88% of 15 to 25 year-old girls and 73% of boys in the U.S. would like to change something about their bodies but only 15% would actually have cosmetic surgery.
The most recent report from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons states that American teens age 13 to 19 had only 2% of the total number of cosmetic surgery procedures performed last year (2011). The new survey polled a slightly older group of teens and young adults, but the number of young people who would have cosmetic surgery is still lower than any other age group.
For the girls, the body areas they are most concerned and critical about are the stomach (46%), thighs (29%), buttocks (19%) and breasts (18%).
The new survey also found that girls in that age group are most satisfied with their eyes (48%), hair (36%) and breasts (18%). Boys in that age group are most pround of their eyes (34%), hair (22%) and skin (14%). Just 7% of the polled were satisfied with their whole body and only 21% of the boys were.
To compare American teens to those around the world, the survey found that globally, around 23% of girls and 16% of boys in other countries would consider actually having cosmetic surgery. For example, 47% of the girls and 34% of the boys in Brazil would consider having cosmetic surgery.
The ASPS report states that the top cosmetic surgeries for U.S. teens age 13 to 19 are breast augmentation , male breast reduction, ear surgery, liposuction and rhinoplasty (nose reshaping. The top minimally-invasive procedures for that age group are Botox , laser hair removal, laser skin resurfacing, laser treatment of leg veins and microdermabrasion.
Most cosmetic surgery procedures shouldn’t be performed until a person reaches maturity, both physically and mentally. So it’s nice to know that while the majority of U.S. teens and young adults may not be satisfied with their bodies as a whole, but most aren’t interested in making major cosmetic changes early in life.
[tags]Breast Augmentation, Botox, Cosmetic Surgery[/tags]