As each generation passes, plastic surgery becomes a more widely acceptable option for aesthetic improvement, even for the younger crowd. Forget waiting until the ripe old age of 60 to visit the plastic surgeon. For Generation Xers, whose previous trips to the cosmetic surgeon may have been for a post-adolescence nose job or possibly even breast implants, the types of procedures they’re seeking now are helping them to turn back the clock and keep up with the selfie-obsessed generation. Reality television isn’t helping much either.
According to statistical data released by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) in 2014, adults between the ages of 35 and 50 account for the most cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures—more than 40 percent of all procedures performed. That adds up to more than 4.2 million procedures, beating out Baby Boomers and Millennials for all the nips, tucks and injections happening in the U.S.
So what are the most common plastic surgery procedures requested by Generation Xers today? We just happen to have a list!
6 Most Common Cosmetic Procedures For Generation Xers:
1. Breast Reduction
Ladies from Gen X make up more than 43 percent of women seeking breast reductions for breasts that are too large and breasts that create medical problems like back issues, neck pain and skin rashes underneath. A breast reduction can help alleviate discomfort and increase self-esteem. It also helps make shirt shopping not as painful.
2. Eyelid Rejuvenation
With so many women seeking plastic surgery for preventive maintenance rather than corrective measures, it’s clear why 30 percent (WOW!) of people ages 35–50 choose eyelid rejuvenation to remove excess fat, droopy skin and to address puffiness. Eyelid surgery is a good option to delay the aging process, especially because the thin, fragile skin around the eyes can be one of the first areas to show aging.The easy recovery period with high impact results also makes this procedure popular.
3. Breast Lift
There is no escaping the effects of gravity and what it can do to a girl’s natural breasts. Add in skin changes, weight gain or loss and pregnancy, it’s not surprising that more than 50 percent of patients in this age group sign up for breast lift surgery to restore their breasts to a higher, more youthful position. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), breast lift surgery has increased by 70 percent since 2000, outpacing breast augmentation by two to one.
4. Body Contouring
According to the ASPS, liposuction or body contouring, has seen a 94 percent increase in popularity since 1997. With more than 46 percent of Gen Xers choosing these procedures to sculpt themselves into a more ideal shape,body contouring has beat out breast augmentation for the number-one most-requested surgical procedure. The rise in popularity is attributed to new technology available. In addition to suction-assisted liposuction, there are now even more options for fat removal, including ultrasound-assisted, power-assisted and laser lipo to target fat from stubborn areas.
5. Tummy Tuck
Women who have had children know all to well that sometimes all the diet and exercise in the world can't get rid of loose skin from the weight fluctuation of pregnancy. More than half of all tummy tucks are performed on adults aged 35–50. A tummy tuck can improve sagging skin, stretch marks and even muscle separation for a more taut and toned tummy.
6. Breast Augmentation
Just because it is no longer number 1, doesn't mean augmentation is going anywhere anytime soon. Breast enhancement procedures have now fallen below liposuction to second place. With more than 37 percent of all breast augmentations being performed on women aged 35–50, that number might seem low in comparison to the other cosmetic procedures on this list. But think about it. It makes sense when you consider that the number-one age group having breast augmentations is women ages 19–34. According to these numbers, it’s safe to assume that Gen Xers would have already had their breasts done by now and are more focused on other parts of their bodies.
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