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Why Is Generation X Having More Cosmetic Procedures Than Any Other Age Group?

As each decade goes by at warp speed, plastic surgery has become a more widely acceptable option for aesthetic improvement, even for the youngest generation. Gone are the days of waiting until your golden years to visit the plastic surgeon.

For Generation Xers, whose previous trip to the cosmetic surgeon may have been for a post-adolescence nose job or breast implants, the types of procedures they’re seeking now are helping them to turn back the clock and keep up with the selfie-obsessed generation.

According to statistical data released by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) in 2014, adults between the ages of 35 and 50 account for the most cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures—more than 40 percent of all procedures performed. That adds up to more than 4.2 million procedures, beating out Baby Boomers and Millennials for all the nips, tucks and injections happening in the U.S.

Why Is Generation X Having More Cosmetic Procedures Than Any Other Age Group?

As each decade goes by at warp speed, plastic surgery has become a more widely acceptable option for aesthetic improvement, even for the youngest generation. Gone are the days of waiting until your golden years to visit the plastic surgeon.
For Generation Xers, whose previous trip to the cosmetic surgeon may have been for a post-adolescence nose job or breast implants, the types of procedures they’re seeking now are helping them to turn back the clock and keep up with the selfie-obsessed generation.
According to statistical data released by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) in 2014, adults between the ages of 35 and 50 account for the most cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures—more than 40 percent of all procedures performed. That adds up to more than 4.2 million procedures, beating out Baby Boomers and Millennials for all the nips, tucks and injections happening in the U.S.

LIPS, HIPS AND CUP SIZES, OH MY! 3 THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN CONSIDERING COSMETIC SURGERY

“You know what I wish?” My neighbor and new mother confided over lunch. “I wish I wasn’t so ashamed of my body.”

The “face” of cosmetic surgery is definitely changing. It brings with it exciting and affordable new options that are changing the way women view themselves. By considering your expectations, your motivations and the financial impact this decision may place on your family, you can consider whether or not cosmetic surgery is the right choice for you. (Phong Pham, ©istockphoto.com/spxChrome)

My neighbor is a beautiful person with four healthy and adoring children, yet I understood. Many women would empathize with her desire to feel more beautiful and be more confident about their appearance.

It isn’t a matter of vanity. For many, it’s celebrating the family they brought into this world but wishing that sacrifice hadn’t taken such a physical toll on their bodies.

Cosmetic surgery. The very topic has a polarizing effect on most social circles. But in today’s world, the perimeter of aesthetic medicine and plastic surgery reach beyond going “under the knife.” Although there is plenty of that, too. When facing sagging breasts or a jowly jawline, how can we know if seeking cosmetic surgery is the best option? Here are 3 things to think about.

Are you looking for a better version of yourself or the copy version of someone else?

Often a patient’s disappointment stems from expectations placed too high on the outcome. Kate Middleton has a fantastic nose, but not everyone can successfully pull off that same feature.

“Understanding what can be done given your personal situation is something you need to talk to your surgeon about.” Wrote Christina Haller in the article, The pros and cons of plastic surgery. “If you walked in with Sarah Jessica Parker’s nose expecting to walk out with Natalie Portman’s and instead ended up with Anne Hathaway’s, you have to be alright with that.”

Another thing to consider is what is truly motivating this desire for change. Would this procedure bring about an inner confidence that is lacking due to a physical condition or is this desire motivated by a need to be accepted?

“Having low self-esteem as a result of a physical attribute you’re not happy with can affect all areas of your life,” wrote Haller. “There’s nothing wrong with thinking you could be happier, as a result of being more confident, if you could put your best face forward. Remember though, surgery is not a cure for deeper issues such as depression or jealousy. Be sure you are working through the root of the problem before going under the knife.”

The idea of pursuing plastic surgery is to improve what already exists. Don’t expect to come out of surgery looking like a Victoria Secret model with tons of friends and a trouble-free life. Instead, your goal should be attaining a younger, firmer version of yourself that enhances a stronger inner self.

Do you need a procedure or just some pampering?

As new technology in aesthetic medicine is being introduced, many women are finding satisfaction in “treatments” instead of “procedures.”

For example, a local company called Venus Concept has perfected a technique that offers patients a non-invasive treatment using a Multi-Polar Radio frequency that delivers fast, homogenous heating deep in the dermis where collagen is located without damaging the epidermis. This “massage” performs deep penetration, lymphatic drainage and stimulates both fibroblasts and circulation. In layman’s terms, this means 30 minutes in a chair creates softened laugh lines and wrinkles, tighter skin, contoured upper arms and abdomen.

“It created subtle changes,” explained KUTV Channel 2 media personality Shauna Lake. “Changes that made people say, ‘You look great and well-rested.’ Or, ‘Have you lost weight?’ After the first day I noticed results. That was really the only assurance I needed.”

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, doctors are seeing the biggest increase in nonsurgical procedures with Botox leading the list followed by chemical peels (Hyaluronic acid), hair removal, microdermabrasion, and photo rejuvenation.

If you are feeling dissatisfied with how you feel or look, rather than focusing on major surgical procedures, first consider less committed options such as regular massages or non-invasive techniques that improve your appearance.

The cost.

Because most procedures are considered an elective surgery, that bill is yours to pay in full. For example, breast augmentation can cost upwards of $4000 to $10,000.Liposuction can reach totals of $11,000.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Americans spent 12 billion dollars on cosmetic procedures. “Of that total, more than 7 billion was spent on surgical procedures and more than 5 billion was spent on nonsurgical procedures.”

What was the most popular surgical procedure this year? Liposuction replaced breast augmentation as the top procedure with eyelid surgery, tummy tuck, and nose surgery completing the list.

“In 2013, more than 2.5 billion dollars was spent on injectables alone. In addition, nearly 1.9 billion was spent on skin rejuvenation, a fast-growing sector of the aesthetic nonsurgical industry.”

“A significant increase in the number of both cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures suggests that people are once again investing in their appearance and perhaps have more disposable income to do so,” notes Michael Edwards, MD, President-Elect of ASAPS. “Given the state of the economy and the competitiveness of the job market, we expect to see the numbers for anti-aging procedures continue to increase.”

Keep in mind, this isn’t the time to settle on the cheapest bidder. Be sure to consult with a board- certified doctor who understands your desire, has experience in that type of procedure and can be someone you trust to handle the surgery well.

The “face” of cosmetic surgery is definitely changing. It brings with it exciting and affordable new options that are changing the way women view themselves. By considering your expectations, your motivations and the financial impact this decision may place on your family, you can consider whether or not cosmetic surgery is the right choice for you.

Five Ways to Save Money on Plastic Surgery

Five Ways to Save Money on Plastic Surgery

Nowadays, plastic surgery is enjoying an unprecedented level of popularity. Unfortunately, while cosmetic surgery access and options are more abundant than ever, plastic surgery is still prohibitively expensive for a number of people. If you’re looking for ways to get the cosmetic enhancement you’ve been dreaming about without draining your bank account, take a look at the list below to see ways that you can save money on plastic surgery.

Talk to Your Doctor

One of the easiest ways to make cosmetic surgery more affordable is to talk to your doctor. Many plastic surgeons run their own private practices, which allows them to be flexible when it comes to pricing. So during your consultation, talk with the doctor or his staff about short­-term discounts or a price reduction for paying cash up front. A simple conversation could save you some money.

Schedule Smartly

Since insurance companies usually consider cosmetic enhancement to be an elective surgery, they typically don’t cover any part of it, including your lab work. An easy way around this problem, however, is to schedule your surgery for around the same time as your annual physical. Your surgeon can use the insurance-­paid lab work from your physical, so you don’t have to cover that cost out of pocket.

Agree to Give a Testimonial

Cosmetic surgery relies on word­ of ­mouth endorsement and stunning before and after photos. And when a cosmetic surgeon is just beginning to build his or her practice, they need patients to give testimonials and and to act as spokesmodels for their company in both online and printed materials. If you agree to let your doctor use your pictures or endorsement, maybe they’ll knock some money off the cost of your procedure.

Use Reward Points

Believe it or not, there are actually rewards clubs for cosmetic surgery. Through rewards programs such as Brilliant Distinctions or CosmetiCare, you can actually accrue points and put them towards a wide array of cosmetic procedures. There are a number of reward programs out there, so do your research and find out which one works best for your needs.

Do More Than One Procedure

When it comes to cosmetic surgery, a large portion of the cost comes from lab work and anesthesia (And if you’ve been paying attention, you already know how to save on lab work.). If you’re considering getting more than one procedure done in the next few years anyway, then bundle them together into one operation and save on your anesthesia cost as well.

If you’re dissatisfied with some aspect of your appearance, then you shouldn’t let money stop you from fixing it. With a little creativity and ingenuity, you can drastically cut down on the cost of cosmetic enhancement.

If you or someone you know would like more information about plastic surgery, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!