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89 percent of Turks happy with their physical appearance: survey

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A total of 88.7 percent of Turks are happy about their physical appearance, according to a survey conducted by the Turkish Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeons, the Hürriyet Daily News reported.

The survey was conducted on 610 people aged between 25 and 64 in six provinces: İstanbul, Ankara, the southern province of Adana, the southeastern province of Gaziantep, the western province of İzmir and the northern province of Trabzon.

Ninety-eight percent of interviewees in Trabzon agreed with the statement “I find myself handsome or beautiful,” the highest percentage among the six provinces.

Sixty-six percent of respondents said beauty plays an important role in finding a job, whereas 38 percent agreed with the statement “One needs to be beautiful to be accepted in society.”

According to 61 percent of interviewees, “facial beauty” is the most important factor in determining the physical beauty of a person. This was followed by the height to weight ratio at 26.5 percent.

Eighty percent of those questioned said they find their faces most attractive, whereas according to some, the color and shape of their eyes, skin quality or hair color was their most attractive feature.

Some 32.5 percent of interviewees have at least one physical characteristic that they are not happy about, with weight coming at the top at the list. This was followed by “unhappiness about nose shape” and “lack of height.”

Ninety-four percent said they find cosmetic surgery unnecessary, but 68 percent answered “Yes” to the question of “Have you undergone cosmetic  surgery to delay ageing and appear young, or would you?”

The research also indicated that the number of people undergoing cosmetic surgery is on the rise in Turkey.

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