Cultural Differences Define Attitudes Toward Cosmetic Surgery
Monday, February 16, 2015
A fairly high percentage of youth in
China say they’d consider cosmetic surgery to improve their appearance. That’s
not the case in Australia, where a higher percentage of people consider plastic
surgery a last resort for looking better.
According to a recent survey of students
at 30 universities in China, more than one-third of respondents are actively
interested in elective plastic surgery. About 37 percent of the 21,000 respondents
— men and women alike — said they have considered some form of plastic surgery
to enhance their appearance. Many noted that medical and technological advances
that minimize the risk of scarring were a significant factor for seriously
considering cosmetic procedures.
Acne removal, laser eye surgery, skin
whitening, breast augmentation and techniques used for creating double eyelids
were named as the most desired procedures. The majority of those interested in
cosmetic surgery said they believed the procedures would help with self-esteem
and in finding a lucrative job.
According to reports, the university
survey reflects general trends all across China, a country that houses an
estimated 10,000 cosmetic-surgery facilities and where some four million
procedures are performed every year. Traveling abroad for their procedures is
fairly common in China. In 2014, more than 200,000 Chinese went to South
Korea for cosmetic surgery, a number that is expected to climb to one million
annually over the next five years.
In Australia, the cosmetic surgery
business is also strong, but for different reasons. Australians tend to turn to
plastic surgery for a sense of general well-being. A small survey of 1,500
Australians indicated that people in Australia may prefer other options for
physical change such as losing weight through dieting and exercising over a
Though about 15,000 Australians travel
overseas for breast enhancements and tummy tucks, costing $300 million every
year, respondents to this survey ranked cosmetic surgery as the least likely of
10 options they’d choose to improve their appearance in the next year.
According to Medibank, the health fund
that conducted the survey, the responses show that many of the attributes that
make a person attractive are the same as those that made them healthy. While
the survey found that half of all young adults worry more about their body
shape than a healthy lifestyle, it also found that as people age they care more
about their health and less about appearance. Just 7 percent of older
Australians ranked looking good higher than being active and eating well.
If you’re considering plastic surgery in
the near future, give us a call. We’re always happy to discuss your options for
improved appearance and greater self-esteem. Set up an appointment today.