Plastic surgery has presented youthful opportunities to numerous generations. Currently, generations which are benefiting from it are the Baby Boomers and those leading the pack for Generation X.
These two groups are looking to board certified plastic surgeons to regain a more youthful appearance. Considering that people are working longer in corporate America, it’s reasonable that they want to look as good as they feel.
Additionally, social media and all its nuances, including online dating, have triggered consultation appointments with plastic surgeons.
A solid source for reliability comes from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, also referred to as ASAPS. Annually, they compile data to glean a better understanding of age groups seeking plastic surgery and correlating that information with types of plastic surgery treatments most chosen.
Here is precisely what ASAPS collected for the Baby Boomer generation for 2014:
- Ten million patients underwent both surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures
- Those between 51 to 64 years of age were part of this calculation
- Twenty-four percent had cosmetic surgery
- Thirty-two percent underwent minimally invasive procedures
- Those 65 years of age and above accounted for 5 percent of surgical rejuvenation
For those in their 30s to late 40s, Generation X has begun to rely on minimally invasive procedures such as cosmetic injections like Botox and Juvederm for facial rejuvenation; however, one would be remiss if they did not pinpoint the leap in Mommy Makeovers. This is a highly popular procedure that helps mothers restore their post baby figure with a breast lift and/or breast augmentation, tummy tuck and liposuction.
Now, back to the Baby Boomers and what types of procedures they did undergo in 2014:
- Eyelid surgery
- Breast lift and/or breast reduction
- Nose reshaping
- Arm lifts
- Face lifts
- Neck lifts
- Cheek augmentation
- Forehead lifts
Patient expectations for these procedures should be natural appearing rejuvenation.
Mature patients in the Baby Boomer generation can be afforded an array of rejuvenation procedures. Operatively, microsurgical skills are unmatched and board certified plastic surgeons are incredibly adept.
And on the anesthesia front, pain management begins in the operating room which ultimately means that patients require less anesthesia during the course of the surgery, awaken less lethargic, and experience lower discomfort levels postoperatively.
While such impressive surgical achievements have been made, a consultation with a board certified surgeon will determine the best procedures for those aesthetic wishes. It’s also important to note that a plastic surgeon will take a comprehensive look at a patient’s medical history.
They will assess any high risk factors such as:
- Blood thinner medications
- Heart disease history
If any risk factors are determined, then a plastic surgeon will proceed accordingly.
Consultations are an opportune time to discuss a patient’s aesthetic wishes, learn about the surgery they are interested in, while discovering if they have a genuine rapport with their potential surgeon.
If all goes well during the surgery, the next step in planning the surgery can be done. However, if there is any ambivalence, do take time to think it over and perhaps even meet with the doctor once again. Cosmetic surgery is an important decision, and one should always be mindful during such considerations.