Unlike previous years where baby boomers accounted for the majority of plastic and cosmetic procedures performed, “Generation X” is now leading the trend.
Recent statistics from the American Society for Plastic Surgery (ASPS) show that adults between the ages of 31 and 45 – not baby boomers that are between the ages of 51 and 64 – accounted for 43 percent of all procedures performed in 2010.
This is an interesting statistic because it shows that even a sluggish economy, younger patients were pursuing cosmetic surgery procedures such as Botox, skin rejuvenation procedures, liposuction and even breast augmentation. Many Americans had simply postponed surgery until the economy improved but some were still heading to the doctors’ office for more affordable treatments and non-invasive procedures.
Dr. Leo McCafferty, president elect of the ASAPS, says that the trend could be attributed to more readily available procedures and more media exposure for different treatments. Non-invasive procedures such as Botox and the dermal filler Juvederm, for example, have been promoted heavily in magazines and online, and are becoming more “acceptable” for many.
If you’ve been thinking about going under the knife or getting some type of plastic surgery procedure, get in touch with a cosmetic surgeon or plastic surgeon for a consultation.