In the age of “selfies”, plastic surgery is becoming more popular with Americans under the age of 30. That’s according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s annual poll (AAFPRS). The poll, which surveys a select group of the Academy’s 2,700 members, tracks the latest trends in facial plastic surgery.
The most recent annual survey’s results were released March 11th. Here are five fascinating facial plastic surgery trends of 2013:
- Selfies are fueling the plastic surgery industry: One third of responding plastic surgeons saw an increase in aesthetic treatment requests due to patients’ dissatisfaction with the way they appeared in social media. Sites like Instagram and Snap chat that are image-dependent are causing more people to focus in on their appearance and seek out cosmetic procedures as a way to “put their best face forward,” according to AAFPRS President Dr. Edward Farrior.
- Plastic Surgery Patients are Getting Younger: It’s no surprise that if social media is leading to cosmetic procedures, then the patients of these procedures are younger than the typical patient seeking plastic surgery. In fact, the annual survey found that more than half of plastic surgeons saw an increase in surgery or injectables in use of those adults under the age of 30. Many young women are actually seeking out cosmetic procedures to delay the signs of aging for longer. The most popular non-surgery option for these women is Botox injections, followed by hyaluronic acid and peels.
- The Nose Job Still Rules: As with previous years, rhinoplasty, also known as the nose job, is still the most requested facial cosmetic surgery procedure by both men and women under the age of 35, making up 90% of women’s surgery requests and 86% of men’s.
- Family Procedures are on the Rise: Many women, as well as men, are opting to have cosmetic surgery done with a family member. Women having a procedure done with another female family member increased by 8% last year, while 31% of surgeons noticed an increase of married couples coming in together for procedures. With most of these couples, females in the relationship fueled the male’s participation.
- Men and Women Want Different Procedures: The survey found, unsurprisingly, that men and women are seeking different outcomes from cosmetic procedures. Women are most interested in nose jobs and facelifts, with Botox injections being the most popular non-surgical procedure. Men are more concerned with wrinkles and having a head full of hair with hair transplants.
While trends in plastic surgery are always changing, the need to seek out an aesthetic center supervised by a board-certified plastic surgeon does not. While you will of course seek out a certified surgeon for surgery, it may be tempting to visit a freestanding aesthetic center for procedures like microdermabrasion in hopes of cost savings.
But to minimize the risks that come with all non-surgical cosmetic procedures, it’s important to seek treatment in a center with a professional staff. Our staff at Accent Aesthetics aims to provide you with top quality treatment, regardless of your elected procedure or motivations for doing so. Contact our Gainesville office today if you’re ready for a cosmetic procedure consultation.