The number of baby boomers electing to go under the knife for cosmetic surgery is on the rise. In 2010 (the last year for which American Society of Plastic Surgery statistics are available), 3.3 million cosmetic procedures were performed for patients 55 and over, a 4 percent increase over 2009, while an impressive 6 million cosmetic procedures were performed for patients between 40 and 54 years old, which is a 6 percent yearly increase.
When the two age groups are combined they represent about 74 percent of the total number of cosmetic procedures performed in 2010. It’s easy to see, then, that cosmetic surgery is a trend that boomers have embraced wholeheartedly.
Who’s Having What Done
The most popular procedures being asked for by baby boomers are those that are minimally invasive. Botox was the big winner in this category, with more than 4 million injections being given, though other procedures designed to improve the look of the face like fat injections and chemical peels are also on the rise. On the surgical side of things, eyelid procedures, facelifts, and breast augmentation are what boomers chose to undergo most often.
It’s not just women who are electing for cosmetic procedures, either. Many cosmetic surgery clinics are reporting an increase in the number of men age 50 and over coming in for tissue fillers, eyebrow lifts, and chemical peels. From 2008 to 2010, the share of male cosmetic procedures grew significantly—in 2008 men made up only 8 percent of procedures performed, while in 2010, the male segment grew to 13 percent.
Why This May Be a Trend
Where once plastic surgery was reserved exclusively for celebrities and supermodels, more than half of Americans now say they approve of cosmetic procedures. With baby boomers living longer and working harder, many are turning to plastic surgery as a way to look on the outside as young as they feel on the inside. There is often a practical side to this desire—a youthful appearance can help boomers have an edge in the job market and dating world.
As for the risks associated with major surgery, doctors say they review each patient on a case by case basis. The fact that many baby boomers are quite healthy—they exercise regularly and eat right—combined with modern, less invasive surgical techniques make the possibility of complication for most older patients less. Even so, boomers should exercise caution when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for them.
Why You Should Know
Before deciding to go through with a cosmetic surgery, it’s best to research both the procedure and the physician thoroughly to make sure that there’s a good fit. Some cosmetic procedures, like Botox, laser hair removal, or chemical peels, must be kept up to see maximum results, so keep that in mind when deciding whether you want to go through with it. The best candidates for cosmetic procedures are those who do not expect to come out looking like celebrities, but who want to look like better, younger versions of themselves.
As more and more boomers choose the surgical option, this trend is likely to remain strong. If you are considering plastic surgery, then, you’re in good company. Guest post provided by Associates for Plastic Surgery – a cosmetic surgery clinic located near San Diego, California