Research Uncovers Motivating Factors for Plastic Surgery in Young Women

A new study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery analyzes the factors that motivate women to undergo breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, liposuction, and abdominoplasty.

According to survey analysis, specific factors –both physical and psychological –can predict an interest in cosmetic procedures.   1862 women in northern Norway responded to a questionnaire regarding their interest in cosmetic surgery.  All participants were under the age of 35.

Women interested in rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, and liposuction were motivated by “complex psychological factors.”   Researchers found correlations with lifestyle factors such as divorce, history of teasing, education, self-image, body dysmorphic disorder, and the so-called Big-Five personality traits.

Questions about abdominoplasty (the tummy tuck) presented some unique findings.  Most participants who were interested in the procedure were interested in it exclusively. Having children and the “desire to repair the bodily changes occurring after childbirth” was a consistent predictor of interest for a tummy tuck.

Read the abstract of this study online on Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery



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