Money Can’t Buy Happiness.With the Way We Look, Survey Says

Money Can’t Buy Happiness.With the Way We Look, Survey Says

Cosmetic Surgery Survey Sizes Up American’s Perception of Their Looks
Minorities have more self confidence than Caucasians

New York – Many believe the more money we make, the happier we’ll be. However, this is not true when it comes to looks. According to a recent survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), Americans’ confidence and satisfaction with their appearance is consistent across different income brackets. The survey also revealed that the real indicator among beauty self confidence is ethnicity.

Nearly four in five Americans (78 percent) would describe their looks as average or below average and only 20 percent describe their looks as above average. And lower income households are just as happy, or unhappy, with their appearance as households with incomes over $50,000.

Though money does not affect self esteem, strong cultural ties and a positive racial identity do. Across the board, minorities are more self confident than Caucasians, with 29 percent describing their appearance as above average. Meanwhile, only 18 percent of Caucasians see themselves in the same positive light.

“Sadly, most Americans do not have an overwhelmingly positive view of their looks and income does not represent happiness in beauty,” said Dr. Steven Pearlman, president of the AAFPRS. “Only 40 percent of American women are happy with their looks, however, this survey found that minority groups have more self-esteem when it comes to their looks. Nearly six in 10 (57 percent) minority Americans say they are happy with their appearance.”

Regardless of self esteem or income, Americans have an ever increasing interest in the benefits offered by cosmetic surgery. Three out of four Americans (75 percent) believe that cosmetic surgery offers at least one benefit, ranging from looking younger to looking more attractive. And despite the trends in plastic surgery reality television, Americans subscribe to the theory that a little goes a long way, and if offered a free cosmetic procedure, respondents would elect to change at least one feature about their face. Thirteen percent of Americans who would accept the offer of free cosmetic surgery would change everything about their face.

Dr. Pearlman and the AAFPRS remind all patients to make informed decisions when it comes to undergoing any facial plastic surgery procedures. Board certified facial plastic surgeons are qualified by the American Board of Medical Specialists (ABMS) approved board – The American Board of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery). Many AAFPRS members are also board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery, deemed equivalent to an ABMS Board in every state that it has been challenged.

The random telephone survey of 1,000 men and women age 18 and older was conducted January 8-9, 2005, by Kelton Research of Los Angeles, CA. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percent.

The AAFPRS is the world’s largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons with more than 2,600 members – whose cosmetic reconstructive surgery focuses on the face, head and neck. Academy fellows are board-certified and subscribe to a code of ethics. In addition, the AAFPRS provides consumers with free information and brochures and a list of qualified facial plastic surgeons in their area by calling 1-800-332-FACE or by visiting the AAFPRS Web Site, www.FACEMD.org.

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