A new study has revealed that four people in 10 are considering undergoing some form of cosmetic surgery procedure.
Legal company Irwin Mitchell commissioned the study and found that 40 per cent of the 2,000 people asked were thinking about having surgery at the time they were questioned.
A total of 33 per cent of participants also admitted that they were seriously considering the prospect of having cosmetic surgery, either now or sometime in the very near future.
The top three motivations for people considering surgery were a desire to boost their own confidence levels, to increase their likelihood of finding themselves a partner, and wanting to look more like their favourite celebrity.
One out of every 10 people questioned said that they wanted cosmetic surgery to give them an edge when it came to romance, while others said that they thought that looking more like their favourite star would help to boost their self-confidence.
Mandy Luckman, of Irwin Mitchell, said that almost every person who took part in the study admitted there were things about their appearance that they would like to change, although not all of these said that they would seriously think about having cosmetic surgery to remedy the situation.
Luckman added that it was easy to understand why people would want to have cosmetic surgery procedures in order to improve a disliked area of their body or as a means of improving their self-confidence, although she did recommend that people take the decision to have surgery seriously.
Of the people questioned as part of the Irwin Mitchell study, most people were considering cosmetic dentistry, a breast enlargement, a breast uplift, rhinoplasty or an arm lift.
For those people seriously considering cosmetic surgery, Luckman recommends doing thorough research to find out as much as possible about both the cosmetic surgeon they want to do the work and the procedure they are considering.
At Elanic, we would also go further and highlight the importance of choosing a good clinic and surgeon with the knowledge and experience to responsibly guide people through their decision-making and the procedure itself, to ensure that people choose the right procedure and understand the potential outcome of any surgery they opt to undergo.
This is vital to ensure that anyone choosing to have any procedure done fully understands the work that will be carried out, any risks involved and any limitations that may exist according to an individual’s physiological make-up.
The Irwin Mitchell study found that many people were considering cosmetic surgery to look like famous people, but it is important to remember that even the best procedures can only go so far, and unrealistic expectations can lead to disappointment in the long-term.
Most female respondents in the recent study who said they wanted to emulate a famous person were looking in the direction of Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Michelle Keegan, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, and Kate Middleton for inspiration. Most of the men, meanwhile, wanted to look like Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and David Beckham.