Summary: Are plastic surgery patients getting younger or is it just our imagination? Well, it’s a little bit of both. Plastic surgeons are now able to offer an incredibly wide range of procedures and services, from Botox to tummy tuck. The more services offered–especially aesthetic services–the more likely younger patients are to be interested. Or, at least, the more likely younger patients are to find a procedure that works for them.
Are Plastic Surgery Patients Getting Younger Than They Used to Be?
To say that plastic surgery is changing would be, well, both an understatement and an overstatement. Plastic surgery is always changing. That’s just how it is. But it might be changing in one particularly surprising way. There’s some evidence to suggest plastic surgery patients getting younger represents the new trendline.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that older individuals are no longer interested in undergoing plastic surgery. Instead, I think it simply means that plastic surgery–of varying types–appeals to younger patients a little bit more than it used to.
One thing we’ve seen recently is that fewer patients are signing up for facial plastic surgery and more patients are interested in body contouring. While there are many reasons for this, I think the so-called “youth movement” just might be one of them. And younger patients are more likely to go towards non invasive, cosmetic treatments to treat the face rather than surgery. In other words, younger patients mean that the face of plastic surgery is changing. But, really, that’s nothing new for plastic surgery.
What’s the Appeal for Younger Patients?
With plastic surgery patients getting younger, you might wonder what procedures are suddenly getting more or less popular. For younger patients, the appeal of plastic surgery is not so much in the rejuvenation as it is in the aesthetic changes. In other words, patients aren’t necessarily trying to look more youthful, they’re just trying to change something about the way they look.
That makes sense. The young are already youthful, so why would they need help in that department. Instead, younger patients are interested in changing things that would be incredibly difficult to alter naturally. Many popular procedures among younger patients include:
- Breast Augmentation: Many patients use breast augmentation procedures in order to change the appearance and increase the volume of the breast. Often, this increase in volume is modest (sometimes in order to create more symmetry).
- Liposuction: There are some areas of the body that are particularly resistant to the dissolution of fat. Getting rid of these stubborn areas of fat can be quite challenging, which is why some patients turn to liposuction for the body sculpting results they’re after.
- Tummy Tuck: Excess skin can be just as difficult to get rid of as excess fat (sometimes even more so). Tummy tuck is designed to mitigate excess skin around the belly and make your tummy look fit and firm again. Sometimes the abdominal muscles are given increased structural support as well.
- Rhinoplasty: One of the few facial procedures that is quite popular with younger patients, rhinoplasty is adept at changing the size and shape of the nose. Patients can request a wide variety of changes to the nose, which will often have a significant aesthetic impact on the rest of the face.
There are a large number of plastic surgery procedures that are designed to have a specifically aesthetic effect on the patient, which means this list is by no means comprehensive.
The Popularity of Non Surgical Procedures
I also think one of the reasons that plastic surgery is so popular among younger patients is that there are today a wide variety of non surgical alternatives available. For example, if you want to eliminate lines and wrinkles, you have Botox and Dermal Filler options galore.
And those injectables are really easy procedures to undergo. You go in, you get your injections, you leave, and you admire your results. (We’re simplifying a little bit, but you get the idea.) How does that encourage people to get plastic surgery down the road? Well, there are a couple of ways, but the most important is that it gets people used to the notion of using something artificial to change the way they look.
The Stakes That Work for You
And it’s much better to do that in a low stakes environment, I think. Plastic surgery itself tends to be rather high stakes (it is surgery, after all). So it works best when patients are on board 100%. For younger patients, sometimes dipping your toes into the pool is the best approach. It’s not for everyone, of course, so be sure to consult with your plastic surgeon about what might be the best possible approach for you.
Are plastic surgery patients getting younger overall? It’s definitely possible. Patients in their 20s and 30s are more interested in plastic surgery than ever before. In part, that’s because of what plastic surgery offers, I think–there are more procedures available today than at any point in history.
- “Average Age for Plastic Surgery Patients Getting Younger.” Dr. Thomas Loeb, 8 July 2017, thomasloebmd.com/news/average-age-for-plastic-surgery-patients-getting-younger/.
- Sun, The. “Instagram Is Motivating Women to Get Plastic Surgery Even Younger.” New York Post, New York Post, 29 June 2017, nypost.com/2017/06/29/instagram-is-motivating-women-to-get-plastic-surgery-even-younger/.
- Miller, Korin. “Cosmetic Surgery Performed on Young People Has Spiked.” Women’s Health, Women’s Health, 25 May 2018, www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/a19953076/plastic-surgery-young-women/.
About the Author: Nick Engebretson has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for almost twenty years as a marketer. He loves talking about the ways these procedures can transform patients, helping surgeons to get their messages out.