A new RealSelf survey conducted online by The Harris Poll reveals that 59% of women in the US do not know there is a difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon. Furthermore, more than eight in 10 women (84%) in the US are unaware that medical professionals do not have to be board certified in plastic surgery to perform surgical cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplasty or breast augmentation.
The report also reveals that a growing number of women are seeking cosmetic treatments for the first time. More than one in four women in the US (26%) are currently considering a cosmetic procedure, and nearly three-fourths of those women (73%) have never had one in the past. Interest is higher among young adults, with females ages 18-34 nearly two times more likely than those 35 and older to be considering a cosmetic procedure (37% vs. 21%).