ASPS study says only 5 percent of college-age women have had cosmetic surgery
Many parents worry about the potential influence the media may have on their children’s self-esteem and body image. Stories about young women having excessive plastic surgery are enough to keep any parent up at night. However, according to a study published in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® (PRS), the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), only 5 percent of college-age women have actually had cosmetic surgery. Despite the low percentage of young women who had cosmetic procedures, many of the students had a favorable attitude toward cosmetic surgery.
"There’s a common belief among the public that a large percentage of young adults and teens are having cosmetic surgery," said ASPS President Scott Spear, MD, Chief of Plastic Surgery, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. "This study shows that, while many college-age women see cosmetic surgery as an acceptable thing to do, many have not had a procedure."
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