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A new survey carried out by Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors has found that the vast majority of Britons are either ‘unlikely’ or ‘extremely unlikely’ to undergo cosmetic surgery or a non-surgical ‘tweakment’, despite the ongoing surge in people wanting to go under the knife in the UK.

We questioned 1,212 people to gain a better understanding of their attitudes towards cosmetic surgery, with results suggesting that people’s opinions on those who had undergone surgery or ‘tweakments’ (such as facial fillers), were not so favorable.

Our survey revealed that 75% of people who have never undergone surgery said they are either ‘unlikely’ or ‘extremely unlikely’ to do so in the future. Similarly, 67% of people are either ‘unlikely’ or ‘extremely unlikely’ to undergo a non-surgical procedure, despite the soaring popularity of treatments such as fillers and Botox.

When asked about their reasons for shunning cosmetic surgery, the majority (43%) said they were worried that something could go wrong, while 37% said they would prefer to age naturally. Some 65% of respondents also agreed or strongly agreed that wrinkled, natural complexions are more attractive than smooth, cosmetically-enhanced faces.

Interestingly, despite the ongoing popularity of lip fillers among members of the public, when asked if they agreed or disagreed with the statement “I like the way lip fillers look on other people,” 84% of respondents either disagreed or strongly disagreed.

In response to the survey findings, Michael Saul, Partner at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors, said: “In a time where we’re flooded with images of surgically-enhanced celebrities, and it’s easier than ever to access ‘tweakment’ procedures such as lip fillers on our lunch break, it’s no surprise that cosmetic surgery and non-surgical enhancements are on the rise.

“It’s therefore somewhat surprising to see that, despite its surge in popularity, cosmetic surgery is viewed unfavourably by the general public, with 33% admitting to negatively judging those who have obviously undergone a procedure.”

Check out all our survey data below:

How likely are you to choose to undergo cosmetic surgery in the future?

Answer ChoicesPercentagesResponses
Extremely likely4.57%53
Likely20.10%233
Unlikely35.29%409
Extremely unlikely40.03%464

Why would you not consider undergoing cosmetic surgery in the future?

Answer ChoicesPercentagesResponses
I am completely happy with the way I look22.72%197
I do not think the results look good25.03%217
I am scared of the pain16.84%146
I am worried about being judged by others7.50%65
I am worried about the long recovery10.73%93
I am worried something could go wrong42.79%371
I am concerned about needing repeat procedures19.95%173
I am concerned about getting addicted4.73%41
I couldn't afford it40.72%353
I want to age naturally36.91%320
Other (please specify)1.85%16

How likely are you to choose to undergo a non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the future?

Answer ChoicesPercentagesResponses
Extremely likely8.53%98
Likely25.15%289
Unlikely31.42%361
Extremely unlikely34.90%401

Why would you not consider undergoing a non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the future?

Answer ChoicesPercentagesResponses
I am completely happy with the way I look25.26%192
I do not think the results look good25.79%196
I am scared of the pain10.00%76
I am worried about being judged by others7.24%55
I am worried about the long recovery5.13%39
I am worried something could go wrong29.74%226
I am concerned about needing repeat procedures17.50%133
I am concerned about getting addicted4.74%36
I couldn't afford it35.66%271
I want to age naturally37.76%287
Other (please specify)2.76%21

To what extent do you agree with the following statement? - "I think people generally look better when they have undergone facial fillers.”

Answer ChoicesPercentagesResponses
Strongly agree1.96%22
Agree21.79%244
Disagree54.46%610
Strongly disagree21.79%244

To what extent do you agree with the following statement? - "I like the way lip filler looks on other people.”

Answer ChoicesPercentagesResponses
Strongly agree2.32%26
Agree14.02%157
Disagree40.00%448
Strongly disagree43.66%489

To what extent do you agree with the following statement? - "I judge people negatively when I can tell they have undergone cosmetic surgery."

Answer ChoicesPercentagesResponses
Strongly agree6.25%70
Agree27.23%305
Disagree49.91%559
Strongly disagree16.61%186

To what extent do you agree with the following statement? - "I think wrinkled, natural complexions are more attractive than smooth, cosmetically enhanced faces."

Answer ChoicesPercentagesResponses
Strongly agree13.48%151
Agree51.43%576
Disagree31.70%355
Strongly disagree3.39%38

To what extent do you agree with the following statement? - "I think too many people are getting cosmetic surgery these days."

Answer ChoicesPercentagesResponses
Strongly agree25.45%285
Agree48.13%539
Disagree22.14%248
Strongly disagree4.29%48
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