Summary: Plastic surgery isn’t just for the young. Indeed, plastic surgery is more popular than ever with the 55-plus crowd. Seniors (and not quite seniors) undergo a variety of procedures aimed at rejuvenating their overall look. Or, to put it another way: Millennials and Boomers undergo similar procedures for very different reasons–and maybe they do that in a way that will surprise you.

Plastic Surgery Isn’t Just for the Young Anymore

There’s been a sense in the media lately that plastic surgery patients are getting younger and younger. And there’s some truth to that. Cosmetic procedures and plastic surgeries do seem to be enticing younger patients than in the past. But that’s not the whole truth. There’s plenty of evidence that plastic surgery is gaining popularity with aging baby boomers.

These two groups are not mutually exclusive, of course. It’s possible for both boomers and millennials to be interested in plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The media attention, however, can sometimes paint a more competitive landscape.

So why is plastic surgery gaining in popularity with boomers? Well, the answer to that question is somewhat complicated. Plastic surgery has always been popular with the 55-plus crowd. There are some procedures (facelift, for example) that are downright synonymous with plastic surgery for older patients. So let’s take a quick look at what makes some procedures popular amongst boomers–and how might that be different from the procedures that are popular among Millennials.

Facial Plastic Surgery

Perhaps the most logical place to start is with facial plastic surgery. Because here’s the thing: most Millennials and Baby Boomers use facial plastic surgery procedures. They just use them in totally different ways. And that goes beyond the obvious–younger patients tend to get more procedures such as rhinoplasty or lip augmentation while older patients tend to focus on rejuvenating procedures.

That’s true. But Millennials are also trying to fight wrinkles. They’re just doing it in a different way. So let’s look at the options:

  • Facelift: This is the approach favored by most older patients. A facelift is designed to mitigate lines and wrinkles from around the face. It’s comprehensive (or, at least, it can be) and it also addresses excess skin, which can develop over the years. A facelift can generate natural-looking results that will help you appear much younger–but not in a way that looks fake. So, yeah, it tends to be quite popular with Boomers.
  • Botox: On the other hand, there’s Botox. Now, Botox is also a popular option for treating wrinkles. But there are plenty of Millennials who will use Botox even though they don’t have wrinkles yet. That’s because there’s some evidence to suggest that Botox could prevent the formation of certain wrinkles–or, at least, delay the formation of those wrinkles. So, Milllennials are using Botox to keep Botox at bay more than anything else.

This shows the way that Millennials and Boomers can use similar procedures for very different purposes–even though the end product is basically the same. Both Boomers and Millennials want a face with fewer wrinkles. It’s just how they get it that’s different.

Body Contouring

In much the same way, Boomers and Millennials have very different approaches to body contouring procedures. One of the most illustrative examples of this is breast enhancement. For Millennials, the focus is often on increasing the size of the breasts (at least, for some patients–this is, after all, just an example).

But for Boomers, the opposite is often true. Generally speaking, breast augmentation tends to be more popular with younger patients. But breast explant or breast implant revision procedures tend to be more popular with older patients. That’s largely because the tastes of these patients tend to change over time.

So, when you’re younger, breasts that are larger tend to flatter your body and fit with your body image. That changes as you grow older. For many older individuals, larger breasts can become more trouble than they’re worth, so a procedure to remove the implants is then arranged. This is typically called a breast explant procedure, and returns the breasts to their original size. If the patient wants to look a little more youthful at this point, a breast lift or breast reduction is also often performed.

Your Surgeon Probably Has Answers

However old you are, it might be a good idea to talk to your plastic surgeon about your overall options. After all, those options will change based not only on your age and your desired final result, but also depending on your overall health and fitness. Plastic surgery isn’t just for the young. It’s definitely something that Millennials and Boomers alike can partake in–though, in different ways.


About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for over four years. This article was written in conjunction with the staff at Ogilvie Plastic Surgery, a Chicago-area plastic surgery clinic.

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