"A nip/tuck now seen as normal by British women"
Cosmetic surgery is now a normal part of everyday life for British women, a survey by Bupa reveals. Over 80% of women believe cosmetic surgery is perfectly acceptable these days, with almost a third of the 18-40 year old women surveyed saying they would have, or have had, some sort of procedure.
Of those who said they would consider surgery, two thirds said they would not be embarrassed to talk about it and over half said they would have more than one enhancement.
Jennifer Aniston narrowly beat Angelina Jolie, as the celebrity women would most like to look like, while Kelly Brooke and Kate Winslet both scored five times higher than their less curvy counterparts Liz Hurley and Kate Moss.
Bupa’s group medical director, Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen, a member of the Expert Group on the Regulation of Cosmetic Surgery said: “One of the reasons we are seeing such a rise in cosmetic surgery may be because cosmetic surgery doesn’t carry the same sort of stigma it used to and people are more happy to talk about it with their friends.”
In terms of the procedure they would choose if they were going to have surgery, 23 percent said a tummy tuck, followed by breast augmentation – 15 percent and liposuction 15 percent. More women would choose to have cosmetic treatment before a landmark birthday e.g. 30th or 40th than a wedding, and more divorced women than single women tend to have had or would like surgery.
One worrying statistic to emerge from the research is that 12 per cent of those who would consider surgery said they would go to the cheapest clinic.
Dr Vallance-Owen added: “Cosmetic surgery is definitely not something which should be purchased because it is cheap. There are some cowboys out there. It is vital that patients do some research before committing to a particular surgeon or clinic and ensure the surgeon is not only fully qualified but highly trained and experienced in their field.” He continued: “Cosmetic operations are best carried out in a hospital setting with critical care facilities and comprehensive medical team back-up. Choosing to have your operation carried out by a specialist consultant in a private hospital is one of the safest choices you can make.”
BUPA Hospitals offer cosmetic surgery services as an inclusive care package which means that all aspects of the procedure and care are included in one price for the individual.
A Buyers Guide offering clear unbiased information for anyone considering cosmetic surgery or treatment can be downloaded below.
* Research carried out by Omnimas during week 31 & 32. Sample size of 837 women aged 18-40
Cosmetic surgery news : December 2005