Millennials Making Facial Plastic Surgery Mainstream


The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) provides a snapshot of how the face of plastic surgery is getting younger with the impact millennials are having in cosmetic surgery. Millennials are all about prejuvenation, a novel term that refers to when younger women start non-invasive beauty treatments like BotoxÒ, fillers and chemical peels earlier in order to prevent aging—rather than correcting it. This trend illustrates the growth in patients who wish to remain youthful rather than turn back the clock on signs of aging later.

According to a recent AAFPRS annual member survey, 72 percent of facial plastic surgeons saw an increase in cosmetic procedures in patients under 30. This is a significant increase from 2017, where over half of members noted this influx of younger patients. In fact, this year’s survey reveals a 24 percent increase in cosmetic surgery or injectables in patients under age 30 since 2013 (58 percent to 72 percent).

“Our annual survey statistics illustrated in this infographic show the most popular procedures and trends, especially among millennials,” says AAFPRS President Phillip R. Langsdon, a facial plastic surgeon in Memphis, TN. “With modern techniques that offer subtle yet effective outcomes, this younger generation is able to indulge in some ‘facial tune-ups’ at their local facial plastic surgeon’s office, before the first wrinkle ever sets in.”

With cultural shifts like the increase power of social media and the selfie, and advances in minimally invasive technologies, the demand for non-surgical treatments is continuing to grow year after year. To showcase these new trends in facial plastic surgery, the AAFPRS, along with survey partner SSRS, illustrated the new face of plastic surgery in a creative infographic.