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Two thirds of Brits regret having cosmetic surgery

  • May 28, 2014
  • New research by a specialist firm of medical negligence solicitors has revealed that two thirds of Britons regret having cosmetic surgery, with one third of these admitting it was because the results didn’t match the image they’d had in mind. According to the poll, 83% of people who’ve had plastic surgery wouldn’t consider having any form of cosmetic procedure again.

    A new poll by Medical Accident Group revealed that two thirds of Britons who have had cosmetic surgery regret having gone under the knife, with one third of these people stating that the results didn’t match the image they’d built up in their head of how they’d look afterwards.

    Medical Accident Group conducted the research as part of an ongoing study into how Britons feel about any cosmetic surgery that they’ve had. 2,638 people aged 18 and over from around the UK, all of whom admitted to having had cosmetic surgery within the past 5 years, were quizzed about the procedure(s) they’d had done and how they felt about the results.

    All respondents were initially asked ‘What type of cosmetic surgery have you had within the past 5 years?’ to which the most common answers were ‘breast augmentation’ (31%) and ‘rhinoplasty’ (27%). Alongside this, the most popular cosmetic procedures for Britons to have undertaken in the past 5 years included ‘liposuction’ (24%), and ‘eyelid surgery’ (16%). Following on from this, all respondents were then asked ‘How do you feel following your surgery?’ to which almost two thirds, 65%, stated that they ‘regret having cosmetic surgery’, whilst 28% said they ‘couldn’t be happier with the results’.

    Wanting to delve a little deeper, all of those who stated they regretted having cosmetic surgery were asked why. When provided with a list of possible reasons and told to select all that applied, the top 5 results were as follows:

    1. The results didn’t match the image of how I thought I’d look – 33%
    2. Encountered complications – 24%
    3. Don’t feel the side-effects were fully explained –17%
    4. Feel less confident/comfortable now than before the surgery – 13%
    5. Regret spending the money and/or am now in debt as a result – 8%

    Only one third of respondents, 32%, admitted to having undertaken extensive research into the procedure they were going to have before the surgery took place, with the remaining respondents stating they ‘relied fully on the advice/knowledge of the cosmetic surgeon’ (59%) or ‘relied on others who had already had the operation themselves’ (9%).

    According to the poll, 83% of respondents wouldn’t consider having any form of cosmetic surgery again. Of the 17% who would consider having more cosmetic surgery, half of those would want the same cosmetic procedure that they’d previously already had.

    AllyAlly Taft, Partner at Medical Accident Group, said the following: “It’s interesting to see that the majority of Britons regret having undergone cosmetic surgery because they weren’t happy with the results. It is always a worry with cosmetic surgery that the image you have in your head doesn’t match the image the surgeon has in their head, or even that something could go wrong and that the surgeon would have to change your surgery to deal with any complications that arise.

    “We understand that some people feel that cosmetic surgery could change their life and give them the confidence they’re perhaps lacking, but we hope the results of this study show that just because you’re not happy with your body now, doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily be happy with it once you pay a lot of money to get it changed. There are many risks associated with what are often major operations and, unfortunately, we see the ones that go wrong. The cosmetic surgery sector is not particularly well-regulated so it is important that people consider whether to go through with a procedure very carefully and carry out thorough research into their surgeon or clinic.”

    Have you had surgery that went wrong, or left you long term problems?

    If so, the Medical Accident Group can help. The Medical Accident Group is a team of dedicated clinical negligence solicitors with experience in handling cases involving cosmetic surgery. If you believe you have a case, call the team now on 0800 050 1668 or click to complete the online enquiry form.

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