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Baby Boomers vs. Millennials: Who Is Getting More Cosmetic Surgery?

Jacky Gale | November 8, 2018 | Posted in News

It’s no secret that millennials are quite fond of cosmetic enhancements. Many celebrities in their 20s and 30s have spoken openly about the surgeries or minimally invasive treatments they’ve had. Kylie Jenner is just one notable example. But are millennials really getting more plastic surgery than other demographics?

A look at the stats

According to the numbers, it seems that millennials actually make up a small, but steady portion of plastic surgery patients. This vocal minority is dramatically outpaced by baby boomers. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) has released statistics for 2015 that state that the past two decades have seen more than 50% increase in the number of patients 65 years and older who have sought facelift and eyelid surgeries.

Common reasons for plastic surgery later in life

Everyone wants to feel self-confidence in their appearance. This is true regardless of whether you’re 18 or 80. In previous decades, plastic surgery was usually spoken about in hushed tones, if at all. Talking about cosmetic surgery and getting it done were both considered taboo activities. Fortunately, that has completely changed. It’s far more common now to “get work done,” and many people feel no hesitation in discussing their procedures or asking their friends for recommendations for surgeons. This is one likely reason why more baby boomers than ever are getting plastic surgery.

Another possible reason is that cosmetic surgery is considered more accessible than ever before. Occasionally, patients discover that their health insurance will pay for it if there’s a medical reason. For example, a patient might get a rhinoplasty to correct a breathing problem, as well as a cosmetic issue. And even when insurance won’t cover the cost of the surgery, procedures are easier to afford these days due to a greater variety of financing options.

A third reason why baby boomers are enthusiastically embracing the idea of plastic surgery is that many of them choose to remain in the workforce longer. Retirement isn’t always what it’s hyped up to be, and some people feel happiest when they’re staying busy. Because more baby boomers are staying in the workforce longer, they feel the need to compete with their younger co-workers for jobs and promotions. Plastic surgery is one way to help older workers look as young as they feel.

Consult a cosmetic surgeon in Manhattan, NYC

Baby boomers and millennials alike are welcome to schedule a consultation at the plastic surgery office of Dr. Thomas Loeb. Dr. Loeb is a world-renowned, board-certified plastic surgeon who has patients fly into Manhattan from all over the world to seek his expertise. Dr. Loeb performs a wide range of surgical, minimally invasive, and noninvasive cosmetic enhancements, ranging from breast augmentation and tummy tucks to dermal fillers and Ultherapy.

There’s no one specific treatment plan that’s right for everyone. You deserve customized recommendations based on your aesthetic concerns and goals. NYC plastic surgeon Dr. Loeb will work with you to ensure you’re satisfied with your results. Call 212.327.3700 to request a consult.

Additional resources on cosmetic surgery

  1. American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Procedural Statistics,
  2. American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Reports That Modern Cosmetic Procedures are on the Rise,
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