Plastic surgery has been popular with younger patients for quite some time. However, a recent study confirms that this popularity has really surged with millennials in recent years. According to a report conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), cosmetic procedures overall have increased by 47% and the biggest growth has come from people aged between 23 and 38 years old. Based on my personal experience performing cosmetic procedures, this did not come as a surprise. Millennial plastic surgery patients are generally proponents of self-care and typically very open about undergoing cosmetic procedures to improve some area of their appearance. Here are a few recent trends for millennial patients worth keeping in mind.
Since it is the most commonly-performed cosmetic surgery procedure overall, it makes sense that breast augmentation is also the most in-demand surgery for millennials. However, instead of large, voluptuous breasts, many millennial patients prefer more modest, natural-looking results that can be achieved with smaller implants or fat transfer injections to the breast.
According to the AAFPRS study, about 80% of the cosmetic treatments performed on the face last year were nonsurgical procedures, like Botox® and facial filler injections. Nonsurgical rhinoplasty has become very in-demand for patients who want to look better in selfies without the need for surgery and the downtime associated with it. Nonsurgical rhinoplasty, sometimes called a liquid nose job, uses dermal fillers to provide subtle corrections to the nose including smoothing bumps on the bridge of the nose or mild straightening.
Another somewhat recent development is younger patients turning to Botox® Cosmetic or Dysport® injections as a way to prevent wrinkles and other age signs before they even occur. This is known as preventative Botox® and, when used correctly, it can help by significantly reducing early and moderate signs of aging.
Remember that undergoing a cosmetic procedure, even a nonsurgical one, is a major decision that should not be rushed. When I work with younger patients, I spend a lot of time discussing all the available options to make sure every patient makes the most informed and beneficial decision possible. For more information or to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation, contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news, tips, videos, and updates.