Would you ever consider cosmetic surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is now more accessible and affordable than ever, and according to The Guardian over 50,000 cosmetic surgeries were performed last year in the UK. We asked our panel of UK consumers whether cosmetic surgery is something they would ever consider.

Overall only 36% of the panel would consider cosmetic surgery. Although a number agreed with the statement “nobody can ever say never” – that it’s all about circumstances, that they would be likely to choose cosmetic surgery if they had been badly burned or scarred and it was more of a necessity.

Splitting out the panel demographically, interestingly only 26% of males would have cosmetic surgery in comparison to 57% of females. These panel members felt that cosmetic surgery is now so easily available; that if it’s what you want and it makes you happy then you should do it. A large amount recognised the want for cosmetic surgery for your own self-confidence, and that really the want for cosmetic surgery should be seen on an individual basis – not everyone is doing it for pure vanity reasons.

Of those that disagreed with cosmetic surgery, many felt it was overused nowadays and were put off by horror stories they had read about. Others commented on the risks attached going in for any type of operation, not to mind inflicting the surgery on yourself for unnecessary reasons. There was a general feeling that if someone had cosmetic surgery and did not like the outcome, then it’s just the start of a downwards slope to more and more work until they are no longer really themselves.

Should cosmetic surgery be available on the NHS?

Our panel were split down the middle when it came to the availability of cosmetic surgery on the NHS. On one side the panel felt that the NHS is already very stretched, their just isn’t enough money injected into the service to provide even more services. A number of the panel saw cosmetic surgery as not essential, like life saving operations, therefore if it is their own decision then it should be self- funded.

On the other hand, a number of the panel recognised mental illness as an illness that still needs attention and solutions. If their self-confidence is effecting their day-to-day life, it should be available as part of the National Health Service. Although many felt such a service should be heavily regulated, as the need for cosmetic surgery can be extremely subjective – it should also be means tested.