Cosmetic Surgery a Growing Trend among Gen Xers and Baby Boomers, reveal Reports

Cosmetic SurgeryBody contouring in NYC is now a popular option among Gen Xers (40-54 year olds) and baby boomers (age 55 years and over), say leading plastic surgeons. According the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the demand for cosmetic procedure is growing among these groups. The 2017 ASPS annual report revealed that:

  • 564,579 or 34% of the total cosmetic surgical procedures in the U.S. in 2017 were performed on individuals age 40-54 and over. The cosmetic surgical procedures performed on this group increased 1% over 2016-17.
  • 384,453 or 23% of the total cosmetic surgical procedures were performed on people age 55 and over in 2017, but these procedures saw a decline of 1% over 2016-17.

This increase in numbers shows that the perceptions of cosmetic surgery have changed and more and more older adults are accepting it as option to enhance their looks. Generation Xers, who had approached a plastic surgeon for a post-adolescence nose job or breast procedures, are now seeking procedures that would help them keep up with the millennials.

According to ASPS, the top five cosmetic surgery procedures performed on 40-54 year olds in 2017 are:

  • Liposuction (96,091 procedures, up 4% from 2016)
  • Eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty (88,364 procedures, down 1% from 2016)
  • Breast augmentation or augmentation mammaplasty (87,623 procedures, up 3% from 2016)
  • Tummy tuck or Abdominoplasty procedures (52,934 procedures, about the same as in 2016)
  • Nose reshaping or Rhinoplasty (45,765 procedures, down 2% from 2016)

The top five cosmetic surgery procedures performed by Baby Boomers (55 and over) are:

  • Eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty (102,354 procedures, up 1% from 2016)
  • Facelift or Rhytidectomy (81,543 procedures, down 5% from 2016)
  • Dermabrasion (33,840 procedures, down 6% from 2016)
  • Liposuction (25,252 procedures, up 5% from 2016)
  • Forehead lift (22,161 procedures, down 7% from 2016)

The 2017 ASPS annual report reveals that more and more people are now opting for minimally invasive procedures. Of the total 7.7 million cosmetic procedures performed in 2017, 7.1 million procedures were minimally invasive. The proportion of minimally-invasive procedures performed on Generation Xers and baby boomers rose during 2016-17:

  • 7,172,729 or 51% of the total minimally-invasive cosmetic surgical procedures were performed on people age 40-54 in 2017. The minimally invasive procedures performed on this group increased 2% over 2016-17.
  • People 55 and over accounted for 3,784,240 (27%) of the total minimally-invasive cosmetic surgical procedures in 2017, and rose 2% during 2017-16.

Non-invasive procedures such as cellulite treatments also gained popularity in 2017 and rose nearly 20% over the previous year. These procedures eliminate fat and tighten the skin without invasive surgery. ASPS reports that the following non-invasive procedures continue to gain popularity:

  • Procedures that use special technology to “freeze” away fat without surgery increased 7%
  • Cellulite treatments that use lasers to eliminate fat increased 19% (up 55% since 2000)
  • Skin tightening procedures that target fat and tighten sagging areas increased 9%

Popular minimally-invasive body contouring modalities include ultrasound and radio frequency energy-assisted devices, infrared light, vacuum massage and injectable medications. Botulinum toxin type A (Botox, Dysport) ranked the topmost procedure in this category with 1,659,482 procedures performed in 2017 by boomers. Non-surgical facial rejuvenation is a favored option as it is much less painful and involves only minimal downtime. Moreover, they can provide natural looking results without invasive surgery or any significant downtime.

It is evident that facial procedures are gaining popularity among baby boomers. The reason could be that they are not retiring as early or as promptly as earlier generations. This increased interest in cosmetic surgery among boomers could be that they are looking to gain a competitive edge with their careers. Reports say that many plastic surgery patients are motivated by the desire to stay competitive in the workplace by appearing youthful.

A facelift in NYC can address sagging, creases below the lower eyelids, creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth, facial fat, jowls and a double chin. The surgeon makes incisions behind the hairline and around the front of the ear to skin and improve the contour to the face and neck. Today, the conventional surgical facelift is competing with minimally-invasive facelift procedures such as the mini facelift, S-lift, neck lift, or endoscopic facelift. New facelift techniques are precise and can be customized to suit the needs of the patient. Preventative Botox is also a popular option among millennials, boomers, and Gen Xers, not just to look younger, but to prevent the formation of future wrinkles. The benefits for early users of Botox are:

  • They may not need fillers or more invasive procedures that are required to treat deep creases in patients who start Botox in their 40s or 50s.
  • People who continue using Botox may need only less Botox as they get older.
  • It is cheaper for younger patients as they need only a lesser amount of the injection.

Regardless of age, it is very important to choose a reliable AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice if you are considering body contouring in NYC. Such practices have experienced plastic surgeons who will evaluate your considerations and provide the best solution to meet your aesthetic goals. In an accredited surgical practice, you can expect the highest standards of safety and levels of care.

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