According to a new survey by skincare brand Olay Regenerist, the majority of both men and women in New Zealand believe that people should age gracefully, without the aid of cosmetic surgery.
Two thirds of women and three fifths of men responded with a more relaxed attitude about aging and wouldn't undergo surgery to look better while they age.
Psychologist Sara Chatwin said attitudes about unnecessary procedures are changing in New Zealand. "It's becoming clear from this research and from other anecdotal evidence that men and women feel empowered enough to embrace the concept of ageing gracefully," she said.
However, plastic surgeons disagree with this opinion. They say that the number of women seeking cosmetic surgery is increasing and that the survey more likely represents a "do as I say, not as I do" response.
Chairman of the Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Research Foundation Dr Tristan de Chalain said he had noticed a marked increase in the numbers of elective cosmetic procedures being performed.
"Everyone's been really busy with cosmetic procedures in the past few months, so I don't know where this data that more people are choosing not to have it has come from." According to de Chalain, the most common procedures performed were facelifts, breast enhancements, and tummy tucks.
According to the study:
- 66 per cent of women believed they should age naturally
- 61 per cent of men prefer women without plastic surgery
- 23 per cent of women and 19 per cent of men would be offended if asked if they had work done
- 13 per cent of women and 11 per cent of men would recommend a cosmetic procedure to a friend or relative
- 32 per cent of women
- 23 per cent of men said they or a friend has had a cosmetic procedure
One woman, Linda Kendall, 55, has steadfastly decided never to undergo cosmetic surgery. "I think once you start it would be hard to stop. It would be very easy to have one and then go back for another and then another. I'd be too scared that I couldn't stop and end up looking plastic like Michael Jackson or something,? said Kendall.
"You could very easily think to yourself after having one, 'That's starting to fall, I'll have that done, then I'll have that done'. It would be very hard to stop," she said.
Kendall said that when she was younger she had considered getting cosmetic work done on her nose, but witnessing the procedure on television changed her mind on the issue. "They just hack away at it. It looks very brutal. It put me off it completely. But now I quite like my nose and I've grown very attached to it. I'm glad I didn't go through with it," Kendall said.
Kendall said that she personally has not felt any pressure to undergo cosmetic surgery, but acknowledges that if she hadn?t had such a stable marriage, her opinions might be different. "I can see how women might feel like they need to if they were looking for a second husband,? she said. ?Men like younger women and I can see how the pressure to look younger might get to someone in that position."