File image: South Korean cosmetic surgeon Song Hong-sik administers an injection of botox, which reduces wrinkles, to 28-year-old An Hui-sup during cosmetic surgery in Seoul. Reuters

THE average age women have cosmetic surgery has dipped below 40 for the first time, research shows.
Women now typically go under the knife at 39, falling from 42 in 2012. Men are also affected, with the average age for procedures dropping from 47 to 45.
The ‘Instagram culture', which leaves many obsessed with looking good in photos, has been blamed for the shift towards having surgery at a younger age. 
Apps like Instagram also allow users to apply filters and people may see their appearance improved by these and want to try to replicate this in real life through surgery, according to Dr Julian De Silva, who conducted the research.
Dr De Silva, from the Centre for Advanced Facial Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in west London, who looked at 2,000 patients over the last five years from across the UK, said relatively young celebrities having surgery may also be a factor.
There were 30,750 cosmetic procedures in the UK last year – 28,341 on women.

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