A study by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reports that men and women aged 18 to 24 have the highest approval rating for aesthetic surgery.

"It makes sense that young people are the most approving of plastic surgery," says Foad Nahai, MD, president of ASAPS. "Twenty years ago people thought only movie stars and rich women had plastic surgery. Now people grow up knowing friends and family who openly talk about the plastic surgery procedures they have had or the ones they plan to have in the future."

According to the ASAPS February 2008 report of 1,000 teens and young adults aged 18 and above, 69% of respondents were in favor of aesthetic surgery—a 7% increase from 2006. Men and women aged 65 and older had the lowest approval rating of aesthetic surgery with 41%.

The report also found:

• Among all Americans, 78% of women and 79% of men said they would not be embarrassed if others knew they had aesthetic surgery.

• 32% of women would consider aesthetic surgery, compared to 20% of men.

• Most Americans (74%) said their attitude toward aesthetic surgery had not changed in the last 5 years and 16% said it was "more favorable."

• Men and women with children in their households (29%) were more likely to consider aesthetic surgery, compared to Americans without a child in their household (23%).

• Men and women are nearly equal in their approval of aesthetic surgery, with women showing a slightly lower approval (56%) rating than men (57%).

According to 2007 ASAPS Aesthetic Surgery Statistics, women had more than 10.6 million aesthetic  procedures and men had more than 1 million procedures. Overall, the number of surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures increased 2.4% from 2006.

[Medical News Today, February 26, 2008]