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Is the Perfect Age for Plastic Surgery 52 Years?

Posted: December 9, 2010

There was a time when turning 40 might have meant less pressure to look perfect. But now it seems that women approaching middle age are more determined than ever to look young.

One in three women over 40 are so concerned about their appearance that they would consider plastic surgery, according to a new survey. The average women now thinks the best time for plastic surgery is 52 years, 41 weeks and four days. If money were no object, a fifth of women between 40 and 60 say they would gladly get a face lift to smooth out the signs of aging.

And almost a third--29%--said they would rather look 20 years younger than be a millionaire. The survey asked which celebrity women thought was the perfect advertisement for looking great over 60, and the overwhelming choice for women over 40 was Twiggy.

Among those who said they did want surgery, a quarter said they would favor an eye lift to smooth wrinkles, while 29% would opt for a tummy tuck. And even among those who wouldn’t go under the knife, 29% said they needed Botox or chemical peels to keep themselves looking young.

The figures emerged in a study of 3,000 40 to 65 year olds, conducted by Superdrug.