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The popularity of cosmetic procedures by age group

June 17, 2014, 3:24 am

cosmetic-proceduresWhat age group do you think has had the biggest jump in terms of seeking cosmetic surgery in recent years? Would you be surprised to learn that the popularity of cosmetic procedures for patients 65 years and older has jumped by 80 percent in recent years? Among which age group do you think breast augmentation is most popular? Or Botox®? No matter how old you are, investing in yourself with cosmetic surgery and non-invasive cosmetic treatments is a big step, and regardless of age, your reasons for pursuing treatment are unique to your individual situation and goals.

Total numbers: Surgical and non-surgical procedures

Although cosmetic procedures among patients 65 years and older have surged in popularity, both surgical and non-surgical interventions are most popular among those between 35 and 50. Patients between 51 and 64 make up the next largest group of those seeking cosmetic procedures, and often patients in this age group are still working. Younger adults from 19 to 34 make up the third largest group, followed by the 65 and over crowd.

Cosmetic procedures among patients 35 to 50 years old

The most common reasons that patients between 35 and 50 cite for seeking cosmetic procedures are changes associated with pregnancy and childbirth, and preventing signs of aging. Among women, the mommy makeover — a combined procedure involving breast surgery, a tummy tuck, and liposuction — is most popular in this age group. Mommy makeovers may be popular in part due to the flexibility to customize the procedure to a woman’s individual needs. Some women seek only a breast lift and tummy tuck, while other women prefer a combined breast lift and augmentation with a tummy tuck and liposuction. And, other women may only seek liposuction and a tummy tuck. For non-surgical interventions, skin resurfacing is popular among patients from 35 to 50 years old. The most common reasons for skin resurfacing include improving the appearance of sun spots, acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Cosmetic procedures among patients 51 to 64 years old

While younger patients may wish to undo the effects of pregnancy or to ward off early aging, patients between 51 and 64 typically seek cosmetic procedures to stay competitive in the workplace, and for those who are single to stay competitive in the dating scene. In this age group blepharoplasty (surgery to improve the appearance of the eyelids), brow lifts, and facelifts are the most common procedures. For this age group, more than 100,000 facelifts are performed annually!

Cosmetic procedures among patients 19 to 34 years old

Younger adults often seek cosmetic procedures to correct imbalances or improve body and face proportions. Patients in this age group also seek to improve the quality and appearance of facial skin. The most popular procedure for those between 19 and 34-year-olds is breast augmentation, which can increase breast size, improve body proportions, and correct asymmetry between the two breasts. Rhinoplasty places a close second in terms of popularity, which patients seek to improve the appearance of their nose or to improve their ability to breathe easily. Microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, and Botox® are also popular among this age group.

Cosmetic procedures among patients over the age of 65

Among the oldest patients seeking cosmetic procedures, the most common reasons are to improve upon prior procedures or to reduce sagging and wrinkles for the first time. Among this age group, liposuction and procedures that tighten and improve the area under the chin are particularly popular, as are neck lifts.

What age group do you fall in? Do your interests for cosmetic procedures follow the trend for your age group? Whether they do or not, your goals and reasons for considering cosmetic surgery or non-surgical treatments are individual to you. Call Kansas City Surgical Arts today at (816) 286-4126 to learn more about the procedures that interest you and how you might achieve your goals.