A person's level of body satisfaction does not appear to influence whether or not they decide to have cosmetic surgery
, experts have said.
A study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal surveyed more than 52,000 people and found that 48 per cent of women and 23 per cent of men were interested in having cosmetic surgery, while a further 23 per cent of women and 17 per cent of men claimed to be possibly interested.
The study found that the level of overall body satisfaction did not differ between people who were interested in having cosmetic surgery and those who were not interested.
The only exception to the rule was liposuction, with both men and women who were considering the procedure admitting to lower body satisfaction than other members of the population.
Study co-author David Frederick, a PhD candidate at the University of Los Angeles, said that people "appear to experience greater pressure to be slender than to have ideal noses, breasts and so forth, which could explain why people less satisfied with their weight were more interested in liposuction".
Dr Richard D'Amico, president elect of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, said: "This study shows the majority of people who want plastic surgery have a normal level of body satisfaction.
"We use the term 'look as good as you feel' often and it is good to know this is why the average plastic surgery patient has a cosmetic procedure. They are not, in fact, suffering from low or poor self-esteem."