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.

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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.

Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty

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.

Preventative Botox®

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.