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Beauty Ideals Change with Age, Study Shows

Beauty Ideals Change with Age, Study Shows

Beauty ideals and goals change throughout a lifetime. What 30 year olds focus on is different than what other ages focus on. But the older ages all focus on the same thing.

body-dysmorphic-disorder-1Most people would probably admit they would like to be beautiful, but we’re all growing older. Now, a recent survey shows that the older we get, we still have strong ideas about what beautiful means and how we can stay that way.

The consumer survey was conducted on the BeautyforLife website – a joint venture of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  Visitors were asked a variety of questions concerning physical appearance – for example, what part of their body were they most concerned about, and what aspect of physical beauty do they find most appealing in another person?

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The findings were surprising. Participants in their thirties seemed most concerned about their stomach and hips, while respondents in every other age range were more focused on their face.

As for what they find appealing in other people, participants in their 20s, 30s and 40s liked people who appeared physically fit, *while those who were older seemed more concerned with healthy-looking skin.

Interestingly, when asked about the most important reason to maintain one’s physical appearance, *all age groups agreed that self-confidence was key. But what may have been most telling was the participants’ comments about what they think is the most important method of maintaining appearance.

One out of every five people said that in the fifth and sixth decades of life, a cosmetic procedure is most effective.

You can find out more about the results of the survey at

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