Survey Reveals Motivating Factors for Specific Procedures

  • Posted on: May 24 2010
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The latest issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery includes a study about psychosocial predictors of interest regarding specific plastic surgery procedures.  According to authors of the study, certain physical, social and psychological factors can predict interest in breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, liposuction, and abdominoplasty.

The results were based on a survey conducted of 3500 (1862 respondents) young women in northern Norway.

Respondents who were interested in rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, and liposuction were motivated by “complex psychological factors.”   Researchers found correlations with lifestyle factors such as divorce, history of teasing, education, self-image, body dysmorphic disorder, and the so-called Big-Five personality traits.

Survey questions about tummy tuck surgery revealed some unique findings.  Most participants who were interested in the procedure were interested in it exclusively. Having children and having a desire to repair the bodily changes occurring after childbirth were consistently correlated with interest for a tummy tuck.

You can read an abstract of this study online in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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