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This is Why Millennials Get Plastic Surgery

March 31, 2016

This is why millennials get plastic surgery

Lazy. Self-entitled. Narcissistic. These are just some of the negative traits Millennials are often labeled as. On the flipside, they’re also seen as an open-minded, liberal and tech-savvy generation.  If there’s one thing that’s for sure, it’s that they’re open—much more than previous generations—about having cosmetic procedures done. They don’t see it as taboo or shy away from talking about their experiences online.

Part of the surge of cosmetic surgery among Millennials stems from the desire of looking good and impressing others, according to Dr. Mulholland. With selfies and visuals so entwined in our culture now, keeping up appearances really does matter. Some people go as far as undergoing cosmetic procedures to look good in their photos.

In an article from 24 Hours Toronto, Dr. Mulholland noted that Belkyra injections, a non-surgical treatment for double chins, is one of the most popular treatments that people seek to take more flattering selfies. Other popular procedures among women under 30 include: rhinoplasty, breast augmentation and lip augmentation for better photos. Men under 30 tend to seek Botox Injections, laser hair removal for their unibrow and chest and liposuction for love handles.

Kylie Jenner Selfie - The Jenners and Kardashians are some of the celebrities that have influenced the spike in cosmetic surgery among millennials

With more celebrities opening up about their cosmetic enhancements and tweaks, regular people of all ages don’t see plastic surgery as much of a taboo anymore. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery conducted a survey last year involving 103 plastic surgeons. Of those surveyed surgeons, 82% of them said celebrities were a major influence in patients’ decisions to have cosmetic surgery last year.

Plastic surgery patients are getting younger and plastic surgeons are taking note of it. Of those surveyed surgeons in the AAFPRS survey, 64% of them saw an increase in injectable treatments and cosmetic surgery in patients under 30 years old. With the desire to look good on and offline and an overall openness to cosmetic enhancements, Millennials are slowly but surely changing the face of plastic surgery. And many of them are documenting their experiences online, one selfie at a time.

Posted by Jenn Horowitz