November 24th, 2009
06:29 PM ET

Documents: What motivates people to consider plastic surgery?

Program Note: Randi Kaye reports tonight on why the new the health care bill could have those seeking cosmetic surgery thinking twice before going under the knife. Tonight on AC360° at 10 P.M.


The Senate's new health care proposal may be a deterrent for those seeking cosmetic surgery in the near future. But a 2005 study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons took a look into what those seeking cosmetic surgery were looking to achieve. Nearly 85 percent said that improving their physical appearance was the primary motivating factor with many relating their motivation to correcting, maintaining, or restoring their bodies.

The group also noted that it wasn't just those of the wealthiest class who were seeking cosmetic surgery:

Sixteen participants reported an average household income of less than $30,000 per year; 11 participants reported an average household income of $31,000 to $60,000 per year, 14 participants reported an average household income of $61,000 to $90,000 per year, and 14 reported an average household income of over $90,000 per year.

Read the the study and see the most common areas sought for plastic surgery....

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Antonio-elizabeth,NJ

    What motivates people to consider plastic surgery? Ummm lets see. Extremely low self esteem, a history of some kind of torment by others, the belief that maybe their kids wont be ugly; that perhaps evolution may some how see them and transfer their improved look to their offspring, boredom, extensive unemployment due to being rich, wanting the look of plastic(as people who get face lifts look), wanting to not look human,(cats, lions etc.). Im out for now.

    November 25, 2009 at 6:03 am |
  2. wes Gray

    What was otherwise an excellent report on the tax on cosmetic surgery was completely negated by the point about how stupid this tax is because it raised only a fraction of the estimated revenue in the state of New Jersey. The report then explains, and totally neutralizes the reporters previous point by saying New Jersey's failure was due to people crossing state lines to avoid the tax, which you would not be able to do with a national tax, as proposed by Senator Reid.

    November 25, 2009 at 4:35 am |
  3. B. Goodman

    Avoid taxes, have your cosmetic work done in Canada. much less expensive than US, and the doctors are very good.

    November 25, 2009 at 2:37 am |
  4. Isaac Aidoo

    with the introduction of the botax pepl will be more natural.but i will like to knw if botax is for us ctzns only

    November 24, 2009 at 11:37 pm |
  5. Megan Bishop-Scott

    The women I know who are addicted to plastic surgery had to give up their addictions to drugs and alcohol to save their marriages. They've simply replaced those vices with surgery. Sad. They used to be beautiful.

    November 24, 2009 at 11:33 pm |
  6. Mary Dewey

    How about scars on the forehead from 25 years ago when a halo brace was drilled into my skull to treat a broken neck. I'd like to get the cratar like scars "filled", but it's not medically necessary. Go figure.

    November 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  7. Annie Kate

    I think people have cosmetic surgery to preserve how they look when they were younger – to make the physical appearance consistent with the mental image they have of themselves or even to improve on it. We have such a emphasis on youth anymore that cosmetic surgery will continue to be in demand until our social outlook deems age and experience as much as youth and beauty.

    November 24, 2009 at 9:25 pm |