Meet the Perennials – The AAFPRS Lauds the Ageless Generation

It’s official … All of our hard work is finally paying off.

Obsessive use of sunscreen (that also protects against pollution and free radicals) – check

Daily and nightly skin care regimen – check

Preventive Botox and fillers – check

Laser skin resurfacing – check

Daily yoga and cardio bootcamp – check

Healthy diet (sans sugar and artery-clogging fat) – check

We’ve finally learned how to do more than age gracefully, we have effectively hit pause on the entire process.

Because of all this hard work and effort, women (and men) in their 40s and 50s are now being called the perennial generation (translation — the ageless ones).

“Perennials are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages who know what’s happening in the world, stay current with technology and have friends of all ages. We get involved, stay curious, mentor others, and are passionate, compassionate, creative, confident, collaborative, global-minded risk takers,” explains Gina Pell, the tech entrepreneur credited with coining this term.

“Facial rejuvenation or prejuvenation, as the case may be, is a part of this equation,” says Gulf Shores, Ala.-based facial plastic surgeon Fred G. Fedok, MD, president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). “The perennials are not looking to change who they are — instead they want to stay that way for longer – and it’s working.”

“Perennials eat healthfully, exercise regularly, travel whenever and wherever they can, watch Netflix and chill, and yet they still look as picture perfect as they did in their high school yearbook photo or wedding album,” he says. “They use advanced skincare, practice sun prevention, and start with facial Injectables before they turn 30,” Fedok says.

The latest statistics from the AAFPRS back this up. Fifty one percent of AAFPRS members say that they are seeing increasing numbers of men and women in their 20s and 30s opting for preventative measures like injectables.

“We have so many treatments that facial plastic surgeons can offer these men and women to help them look as good as they feel,” Fedok says. But, he cautions, “nothing works in isolation. Botox and fillers won’t do anything if you don’t use sunscreen and take care of your skin. Laser skin resurfacing can hit reset, but good skin care and healthy habits are needed to make sure these results last.”


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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