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AACS survey: Cosmetic surgery more 'mainstream'

Article-AACS survey: Cosmetic surgery more 'mainstream'

Chicago — Americans appear to be less judgmental about cosmetic surgery these days — and more likely to consider having a procedure done.

According to results of an American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) survey released in late January, 71 percent of respondents think society is less judgmental about cosmetic surgery than it was five years ago, while 62 percent said society’s attitude toward cosmetic surgery made them feel more comfortable about getting a procedure.

In a statement released by the AACS, President-elect Mark Berman, M.D., said, “This is a confirmation of what many of us have felt for a long time — that cosmetic surgery has become mainstream. A variety of factors have contributed to the normalization of our industry, but the bottom line is that people are not afraid to talk openly about cosmetic surgery anymore.”

About 20 percent of respondents said they would consider getting cosmetic surgery in the future, while about 22 percent were unsure if they would. Respondents under the age of 40 were nearly twice as likely to consider having a procedure as those over 40.

Some other survey results: The most accepted invasive procedures are breast augmentation (42.4 percent), facelift (32.2 percent) and tummy tuck (32.1 percent). Among noninvasive procedures, the most accepted are laser hair removal (61.9 percent) and Botox treatment (61.6 percent).

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