Millennials driving interest in cosmetic surgery, according to new poll

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Results from a new online survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of RealSelf, have identified that two-fifths of UK adults are considering some form of cosmetic treatment over the next year or so. The poll, which was undertaken amongst a sample of over 1000 adults aged 18 and above, was conducted in July 2018 and focused on the likelihood of wanting cosmetic or non-cosmetic treatments over the course of the next 12 months.

Interestingly, it is millennials (those born after 1980 and before the end of the twentieth century) who are driving this trend, with 62% of survey respondents aged 18 to 34 considering a non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the next 12 months and just under half (44%) considering a surgical operation.

These findings support a growing trend amongst this age group, who have grown up with access to emerging technologies at their fingertips, new ways of approaching cosmetic surgery and greater expectations about what can be done to improve the way they look and feel thanks to what they see in the multitude of media outlets they are engaging with.

Drivers of this level of interest in cosmetic surgery

The key reasons cited for wanting to invest in surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedures is to help improve self-confidence and improve self-esteem. Others suggest they are very keen to ensure they look as good as they feel or to help shift stubborn or unwanted pockets of fat they are struggling to remove via diet and exercise. Underpinning this enthusiasm are concerns that the results may not deliver against expectations or worse still, may not be what they are hoping for. The cost associated with some types of procedures is also prohibitive for some.

What are the cosmetic surgery trends suggesting?

In terms of non-surgical procedures, the areas of interest identified by this poll are as follows:

  1. Cosmetic dentistry (such as straightening, veneers, whitening)
  2. Laser hair removal
  3. Facial aesthetic treatments

Fillers also continue to be high on the wish list, and Wrinkle Relaxing Injections retain its popularity.

For those wishing to take more permanent steps to achieve the look they are seeking, the top three are:

  1. Tummy tuck
  2. Facelift
  3. Liposuction

Work on the facial region is high on the agenda, with neck and facelifts featuring highly and breast augmentation also creeping into the top five desired procedures.

All of these procedures are available at the Clarence Clinic so if these survey results have further piqued your interest then arrange a consultation to discuss which treatments, if any, are suitable for you and your expectations. It is important to talk in depth to an expert about what you’re expecting and any concerns, fears or challenges you have so that the best treatment for your circumstances can be recommended.