Summary: We’re used to thinking of plastic surgery as appealing to a certain audience. Those who want to look young or younger. But a new trend in plastic surgery is favoring that younger audience—patients who simply want to look better. Whether this is a good thing or bad thing in the long run remains to be seen; but that it’s happening in undeniable. So what are the causes of this phenomenon. Why is plastic surgery for younger patients getting more popular?

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The Popularity of Plastic Surgery for Younger Patients

We’re used to thinking of plastic surgery as something best left to older patients. After all, plastic surgery is a kind of fountain of youth—it’s designed to turn back the hands of time and look younger forever. Okay, not forever, but definitely for a while. Of course, that conception of plastic surgery is changing, and the reason is something that’s pretty surprising.

It turns out that more and more young people are getting surgery. We’re talking about young adults, somewhere between the ages of 18-25. They aren’t using plastic surgery as an anti-aging regimen, but rather to exert a certain amount of control over the look of their bodies. This reality is somewhat at odds with the traditional image of plastic surgery described above.

But that simply reflects a changing time. The real question is what is the driving force behind this change? I think there are a couple of big reasons why plastic surgery is suddenly (or not so suddenly) appealing to a younger demographic. Let’s check out some of those reasons.

The Way We Think About the Body

Not everyone conceptualizes the human body the same way. Indeed, there are many ways to think about your body. My point in saying that is to articulate a particular point: we tend to think of the body these days as something you can craft. It is not immutable, it is not made of stone—it’s something we can change. Or, if you adopt the popular terminology at places like gyms and fitness clubs, the body is something you can sculpt.

Once you accept the flexibility of the body, it really no longer matters how the body changes. Plastic surgery isn’t cheating or taking the easy way out. It’s using all the tools at your disposal in order to effect positive change. In other words, plastic surgery is just another tool in the toolbox. It’s a scalpel, right next to the paint brush.

And, for those who really want to control their bodies, diet and exercise is often also employed. It’s important to note, however, that our control over our bodies is never total—there are simply some things we can’t change and can’t predict and can’t fix.

Plastic Surgery is More Affordable

Whether you’re getting a breast augmentation in New Jersey or talking about Botox in Hollywood, one of the biggest road blocks to plastic surgery has always been cost. At the very least, cost is often a factor in the decision making process, largely because medical insurance won’t usually cover elective procedures such as a tummy tuck.

However, because these “younger patient” procedures are gaining in popularity, surgeons are able to offer better prices. That’s because the surgeons tend to save when efficiencies present themselves (in other words, the more often you perform the procedure in a month, the more efficient you can be). It also doesn’t hurt that the costs of medical devices such as breast implants have also been falling.

This makes these procedures more available to younger patients who, in general, have less disposable income. That’s something of a win-win.

Certain Procedures Rising, Others Falling

To be sure, not all procedures appeal to the younger patient set. Many younger patients are interested in procedures such as the following:

  • Breast Augmentation
  • Lip augmentation
  • Tummy tuck
  • Mommy makeover
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast reduction
  • Liposuction

And, of course, there are others. Perhaps more importantly, there are procedures that are less popular: facelift, brow lift, neck lift, eyelid lift; younger patients aren’t as interested in these things. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t thinking about them.

There’s definitely a trend in younger patients to get certain procedures that prevent wrinkling, such as Botox injections or dermal filler injections.

The Popularity of Plastic Surgery for Younger Patients

The popularity of these plastic surgery procedures for younger patients is only increasing—and I suspect they will continue to increase. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. As long as there’s a demand for plastic surgery, plastic surgeons will be in a good position to ensure people get the bodies they want.

And that, ultimately, is kind of the point. When you believe that your body is something to be sculpted—and many of us do—then it is only logical to want a certain type of body. That’s not for everyone (many people, after all, are quite happy with the bodies they have). But for those people who want to exercise that control, even young people, plastic surgery is a great way to do it.