One in three women would consider cosmetic surgery, and a fifth of women would get a facelift, if money were no object, according to a survey conducted for Saga magazine of 3,000 40- to 65-year-old women in Britain. Participants also said that 52 is the best age for cosmetic surgery.
For those who said that they are considering surgery, 25% would get an eyelid lift and 29% a tummy tuck. Of those who said they would not get surgery, 29% would still consider non-surgical procedures like Botox or chemical peels to stay looking young.
Other results from the survey included:
- 29% would rather look 20 years younger than be a millionaire
- Twiggy is the best example of a celebrity who looks great over 60
“Botox and dermal fillers are the most popular treatments at the moment,”said Darren McKeown, MD, a cosmetic doctor in London and Glasgow. “The popularity of certain treatments is very celebrity-driven. When a famous woman is pictured with a ‘trout pout,’ then women will avoid lip enhancement, but when an A-list celeb is revealed to have had a specific treatment and they look great, then we see a peak in inquiries.”
Dr. McKeown also said that he’s seen an increase of patients who are getting procedures for work-related reasons. “When you’ve been in a company for a long time and have younger colleagues snapping at your heels, the last thing you want to do is look tired. The average age of my client is in their forties,” he said.
Women today feel pressure to look young, even into middle age, according to the survey. Sixty-two percent of women surveyed said they felt they are more likely to be judged on their appearance than previous generations.