Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) may not just be restricted to young girls inundate with skinny girl propaganda and media; a new survey discloses that older women are afflicted by the same body image problems.
85% of 55-to 64-year-old women said they were not satisfied with the appearance of “at least one” body part, according to the survey, commissioned by RealSelf.com. Additionally, 1 in 5 American women proclaimed they had planned or at least considered Plastic Surgery. 7% said they had undergone cosmetic operations previously. Over 90% of women between the ages of 18 and 24 are dissatisfied with at least one body part, the survey also found. That’s an extremely high number that doesn’t vary much as women mature.
“While the total market has previously been calculated by the procedures performed in the past year, we can see that the total addressable market is actually far greater,” remarked Tom Seery, CEO of RealSelf.com, in a press release. “As cosmetic procedures continue to become mainstream, millions of women are overcoming social stigma to pursue cosmetic changes they have been researching, often for years.”
Although many of these women might consider the idea of Plastic Surgery, most don’t actually go through with it. Their hesitancy stems from several factors. Among the biggest reasons why they don’t go through with it is debt (60%), fear of complications (58%), fear there would be a great deal of pain (5%1), fear from hearing negative stories (47%), fear it would leave them look worse (41%), fear of death (37%), long recovery time (54%), and the difficulty finding an honest, reliable doctor (40%). All very valid reasons to not have Plastic Surgery.
The survey revealed that young women were more likely to go out of their way to get help to change a certain body part, including going to spas, retail stores, Dermatologists, or Plastic surgeons. Though all women, regardless of age, were likely to mention their midsections, abdomens, backs, legs, thighs, buttocks, and skin as “problem areas” they were most displeased with.
“I have patients from 18 up to 80 years young who have pursued cosmetic changes. There is no age discrimination when it comes to enhancing one’s appearance.”
— Dr. Slupchynskyj
BDD involves believing that your appearance is defective, and therefore it must be fixed, hidden, or altered in some way to become more attractive. Many people with BDD turn to eating disorders or Plastic Surgery to quell these disturbing thoughts.