Dr. Wigoda Questions Lindsay Lohan: The Poster Girl for 20-Something Cosmetic Surgery Trend?

Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeons see all types of cosmetic surgery cases, but Dr. Paul Wigoda says, “Just because you can do a cosmetic surgery procedure, does not mean you should.”

After spending a good portion of her young adulthood wrangling with addiction and legal ails, Lindsay Lohan is ready for a new life. To kick off her not so maiden voyage into a sober lifestyle, Lohan hangs up her party-girl ways and dons a new face, literally.

There is no denying that Lohan has had work done. A simple comparison between photos of her today vs. just a few years ago shows that she’s had her lips done and may be using filler to make her cheeks look fuller. While it’s not surprising that an actress would have cosmetic procedures to freshen up her looks, it’s surprising to see someone so young diving into the world of Botox and dermal fillers.

But Lohan is far from alone in her youthful quest to stop time at age 25. While people 35 to 50 years still get the majority of cosmetic procedures, the generation below them (age 19 to 34) account for a whopping 20% of treatments. Rhinoplasty and breast augmentation are the most common procedures performed on people in this age group. The question of the day is is this trend of 25 year olds trying to look 19 again feasible?

“There is no question that Botox and fillers can improve a person’s appearance and make then appear more youthful,” says Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda, “However, the procedures need to be performed on patients who are good candidates. Trying to make a 25 year old look younger with these procedures is silly. In fact, I would agree with the other surgeons and state that Lindsay looks less natural and older.”

With the stigma of cosmetic procedures fast dropping away, due in part to reality television showcasing young debutantes getting treatments, the trend shows no signs of abating. Indeed, more and more twenty year olds are getting in the chair for Botox and dermal fillers. Although the temporary nature of these treatments means there are little to no medical downsides to getting them, they need to be maintained, which can represent a significant financial investment. Additionally, these minor treatments are sort of like gateway drugs in that they can lead to a Heidi Montag-esque quest for perfection.

Dr. Wigoda offers this advice to plastic surgeons treating young patients. “Just because you can do a procedure, does not mean you should. It’s important for a surgeon to evaluate a person’s face to see what treatment may or may not be appropriate. While breast augmentation or a rhinoplasty may be appropriate for a 25 year old, Botox or fillers may not.”

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