Cosmetic Surgery Performed on Young People Has Spiked

Interesting factoid from a new report released by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: More young people are getting cosmetic surgery.

How many are we talking about? Last year, 64 percent of facial plastic surgeons saw an increase in cosmetic surgery or injectable treatments in patients that were under age 30.

The report, which polled 2,500 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons around the world, also discovered that celebrities are a big reason behind the increase. (The press release for the survey specifically calls out Kendall and Kylie Jenner.) More than 80 percent of the plastic surgeons surveyed say famous people were a “major influence” in their patients’ decision to get work done.

Plastic surgeon Andrew Jacono, M.D., director of The New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery, says social media is another big factor, adding, “plastic surgery at a young age is becoming the new normal.”

The report also broke down the top plastic surgery trends for 2015:

  • A natural-looking nose job
  • Eyelid procedures to make you look less tired
  • More prominent cheekbones

Jacono says the majority of his younger patients are looking for rapid-recovery preventative treatments to help them avoid larger procedures down the road. Those include Botox, fillers, lasers, and peels, he says, but he also hears a lot of requests for a “natural-looking” nose job.

However, he stresses that he tries to manage expectations. “I take the time to educate these young patients on the realistic outcomes of cosmetic procedures, because looking like a celebrity often times is an unattainable goal due to the fact that the majority of celebrity images have been altered,” he says.

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