Early 50s is Best Time for Cosmetic Surgery, According to Survey

Is there a perfect age for cosmetic surgery?

A survey of 3,000 40- to 65-year-old women in Britain said the best age was 52. Conducted for Saga magazine,  the survey revealed that one in three women would consider plastic surgery, and a fifth of women—if money were no object—would get a face lift to help reverse the signs of aging.

For those who responded that they did want surgery, 25% would get an eyelid lift and 29% a tummy tuck. Of the respondents who said they would not get surgery, 29% felt they could use cosmetic treatments like Botox or chemical peels to maintain a youthful appearance.

“Botox and dermal fillers are the most popular treatments at the moment,” said Darren McKeown, MD, a 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.”

The doctor also said that he had noticed an increase in patients getting procedures for work 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 explained.

Women today seem to feel more pressure than ever 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.

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