When it comes to plastic surgery, it seems Gen X (those born between the late 1960s and 1980s) are opting for lipo and breast implants while the baby boomers choose facelifts and eyelid lifts, says Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda.
Although Baby Boomers are known as the “forever young” generation, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Generation X accounted for 43 percent of all aesthetic surgical procedures last year while Baby Boomers accounted for just 28 percent.
Gen Xers, now aged 31–45, are more likely to have postponed milestones of adulthood like marriage and childbirth. Now, as they are reaching their forties, they may feel their bodies are aging faster than their lifestyles.This age group is also likely reaching their career peaks and may want to maintain their appearances or, finally have the additional means to afford cosmetic procedures they have been wanting.
“I would agree that this age group accounts for the most surgical procedures,” said Dr. Paul Wigoda. “However, one of the reasons for this is that the most popular procedures, liposuction and breast augmentation, tend to be done in this younger age group. The older age group tends to do more facial rejuvenating procedures such as facelifts or blepharoplasty (eyelid lifts). While these procedures are very popular, from a numbers standpoint, the breast and lipo procedures are more common.”
Baby Boomers may be less interested in cosmetic surgery as they retire and feel the need to spend expendable income to maintain appearances isn’t as high as the need to travel or do recreational activities. In this economy, Gen Xers are less likely to spend their income on recreation but consider cosmetic procedures as personal maintenance and factor it into their budget as such. Gen Xers are at the stage in their lives when they can afford procedures such as breast augmentation, butt lifts and liposuction without guilt. They are also seeking a career and confidence boost, making procedures like Botox and filler injections so prevalent they are equivocal to everyday procedures like coloring hair or getting waxed. Breast augmentation, tend to be done in this younger age group. The older age group tends to do more facial rejuvenating procedures such as facelifts or blepharoplasty (eyelid lifts). While these procedures are very popular, from a numbers standpoint, the breast and lipo procedures are more common.”
Whether the cosmetic procedure you are considering undergoing is invasive or non-invasive, always seek out the services of a board-certified doctor. If these procedures interest you, request a free consultation from board certified Dr. Paul Wigoda today.
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