New study reveals Face of Plastic Surgery is getting younger

Infographic Breaks Down Trends in Patients Under 30

WASHINGTON, DC, April 5, 2016 –– According to a new study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), facial plastic surgery is no longer just for seniors. An evolution of last year’s social-media-surgery explosion, the face of cosmetic surgery is progressively getting younger. While last year was marked by “selfie surgery,” 2016 is shaping up to be the year of continued Millennial enthusiasm.

In a recent survey, the AAFPRS identifies this trend, with roughly two thirds (64 percent) of members reporting an increase in cosmetic surgery or injectables in patients under 30 last year. Social media and celebrities stand out as driving factors among this age group, with 82 percent of surveyed surgeons citing celebrity comparisons as a major influence in patients’ desire for cosmetic procedures.

“Social media presence and perceptions have become almost as, if not more important, than personal interactions for many teens and young adults,” says Dr. Edwin Williams III, President of the AAFPRS. “We’re living in a time when someone’s profile, be it on Facebook, Instagram or a dating site, is often the first impression Millennials get of each other.”

What’s trending among Millennials seeking cosmetic tweaks? The AAFPRS released an infographic detailing the top trends in facial plastic surgery under thirty ( Here’s a snapshot:

  • Natural-looking noses – no sloped bridge or pinched tip
  • Luscious lips – think fuller and shapely, not over-filled
  • Younger-looking eyes
  • Cosmetic procedures to remain competitive in the workforce
  • Restored facial volume for sculpted cheekbones

As for non-invasive fixes, Dr. Williams shares, “We are also seeing women in their 20s asking for Botox®, fillers, and lip augmentation.

The bottom line… the face of plastic surgery is getting younger, and as it does, it’s also becoming less taboo.

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The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery.  It represents more than 2,500 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world. The AAFPRS is a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA), and holds an official seat in both the AMA House of Delegates and the American College of Surgeons board of governors. AAFPRS members are board certified surgeons whose focus is surgery of the face, head, and neck.

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