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wjps 2016, 5(3): 226-235 Back to browse issues page
What’s Preventing Us to Get More Attraction: The Fear of Aesthetic Surgery
Leitermann Mona , Hoffmann Klaus , Kasten Erich
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Nowadays, with the help of cosmetic surgery almost every woman and man can achieve a highly attractive appearance. The question is, why so many people do not take advantage of these opportunities? This pilot-study investigates individual attitudes of people towards aesthetic plastic surgery.


A questionnaire was developed which combined self-developed items for a measurement of attitudes towards plastic surgery. In addition, items of the “Freiburger Personality Inventory” (FPI-R) were used. The study was conducted in Hamburg/Germany. 104One hundred and four test persons participated in the survey (81 females, 23 males, age 20-30 years). Eighty six of the participants (82.7%) had an A-level as degree of education, 14.4% achieved the secondary school certificate and 2.9% had completed their bachelor on a high school.


The data supported the hypothesis that people who are unsatisfied with their body appearance showed more willingness for a surgical intervention. On the other hand, fear of complications and pain as far as anxiety before an unsatisfactory result hinders them from a decision for an intervention. Significant correlations with regard to extraversion-introversion and the education level were not found. Females showed more willingness regarding an intervention than men. Gender-specific differences concerning the cost factor were not found.


Interestingly more than 65% of the total sample felt dissatisfaction with a specific body part and are thus target of aesthetic surgery. The yellow press often reports about failed cosmetic surgery, especially in VIP-persons. Aesthetic surgery should keep working to reduce unwarranted fears of people toward these kinds of operations.

Keywords: Plastic surgery, Operation, Aesthetic, Beauty, Cosmetic surgery, Fear
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Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: General
Received: 2016/01/22 | Accepted: 2016/05/22 | Published: 2016/05/22
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Mona L, Klaus H, Erich K. What’s Preventing Us to Get More Attraction: The Fear of Aesthetic Surgery. wjps. 2016; 5 (3) :226-235
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مجله جهانی جراحی پلاستیک World Journal of Plastic Surgery
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