Italy: share of women who have ever resorted to cosmetic surgery 2018

A survey conducted among Italian women in 2018 reveals that 14.9 percent of respondents resorted to cosmetic surgery once in their life. Moreover, two percent of interviewees declared that they underwent cosmetic surgical procedures more than once.  

Perceived relevance of physical appearance 

Also, the study shows that females aged 18 to 24 years old were more likely to resort to cosmetic surgery than women in other age groups. Improving appearance was indicated by the largest share of women - 40.4 percent - as the reason to undergo cosmetic surgery. The respondents who declared that they needed the surgery due to accidents or diseases accounted for 21.3 percent of the total sample.  

Number of cosmetic procedures performed in Italy

Between 2011 and 2017, the total number of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed in Italy almost tripled . In 2017, Italy was the fourth country worldwide with the highest number of breast augmentation procedures performed.

Have you ever resorted to cosmetic surgery?

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Release date

March 2018



Survey time period

December 2017 to January 2018

Number of respondents

557 respondents

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