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Body modification in the United States - Statistics & Facts

Body modifications are very popular all over the world. They are done for many reasons, such as religious, cultural, or aesthetic reasons, as well as for self-expression or commemoration of a person or an event. There does not have to be a deep or particular reason behind every body modification. Tattoos, piercings, and plastic surgery are among the most common body modifications in the United States. Almost half of American adults have a tattoo, while some 20 percent have considered getting one. The most common price paid by Americans for one or more tattoos is about 100 U.S. dollars. Nonetheless, getting a tattoo can be much more expensive, reaching also 1,000 U.S. dollars.

Just let it go

Despite it often being said before someone gets a tattoo, most people do not regret getting tattooed. In fact, the permanence is often listed as part of the appeal. However, even if someone might regret it one day, it is not the end of the world, as there are various ways to remove a tattoo. According to a survey conducted in the United States, interviewees who thought about removing a tattoo decided to do so because the tattoo did not look as nice as it used to, or because they no longer liked the design.

The most accepted body modification

Piercing is another popular form of body modification, with pierced ears being the most common piercings. Over half of Americans have their earlobes pierced, and another third have at least one additional piercing. Three in four Americans would allow their children to pierce their ears before the age of 18, while seven percent would even allow them to get a tattoo at that age. Most pierced Americans do not regret having had a piercing, while 18 percent do and have taken it out. However, unlike a tattoo, there is only a small or no scar remaining afterwards.

Life in plastic

The body has an intrinsic aesthetic value, but many find flaws in their appearance that cosmetic surgery can alter. The United States has the highest number of plastic surgeons in the world and the highest number of cosmetic procedures performed globally. In 2019, over 13 percent of all plastic surgeons worldwide were found in the United States, while roughly 16 percent of all plastic procedures were made in the United States. These procedures are less popular than the more inexpensive options above.

Interesting statistics

In the following 3 chapters, you will quickly find the 20 most important statistics relating to "Body modification in the United States".

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