According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 64 percent of plastic surgeons polled in a recent survey reported an increase in cosmetic procedures and injectable treatments among Millennials in 2015. In fact, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports Millennials having over 530,000 Botox and similar injectable treatments last year alone. So just what is behind this trend for the 30 and under crowd? The surgeons at Allure Plastic Surgery answer that question here.
The Influence of Instagram, Selfies and Reality TV
Between their friends and followers on social media, the “selfie” culture they live in and the constant barrage of reality stars’ line-free faces, Millennials seem to have more influences than other generations when it comes to seeking a “flawless” look. This age group grew up taking selfies and posting them on Facebook and Instagram, with these close-up shots making them more aware of their every budding wrinkle and imperfection. Further fueled by reality stars like Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, who unabashedly discuss their cosmetic treatments and post their gorgeous selfies on social media, Millennials are getting the message that Botox and other cosmetic enhancements are the perfect way to maintain a youthful look that can’t be gained with a filter alone.
A Preventative Measure Against Wrinkling?
Those in their mid- to late-twenties may start to see early signs of an aging face — particularly in the delicate skin of the eye area, which may start to crinkle when they smile. The beginnings of crow’s feet, the “11” lines between the brows and the “marionette” lines that run from the nose to the outer corners of the mouth drive many Millennials to have what some call “preventative Botox.” The reasoning behind this is that having Botox early, and regularly, will slow down and possibly even prevent wrinkles from developing. And since Botox injections do temporarily freeze targeted facial muscles, preventing them from contracting and causing wrinkles, there is some truth behind this way of thinking; but though it may prevent wrinkles from getting worse or developing as quickly as they would naturally, Botox does not prevent wrinkles indefinitely.
Fast Results from an Affordable “Lunchtime Treatment”
Another reason for the Botox boom in the Millennial culture is the fact that it is a fast (under 20 minutes), affordable treatment that produces immediate results with no downtime. Whatever your age, Millennial or not, find out more about Botox by scheduling a consultation with a plastic surgeon at Allure Plastic Surgery. Call us today at (305) 224-8015.