There are many misconceptions out there about plastic surgery, and one of the most persistent is that it can only provide benefits to older patients. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Even though some of the most popular procedures are specifically designed to address the various signs of aging, there are many others that address issues experienced by younger patients as well. According to statistics compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgery in 2016, about 40% of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed on patients under the age of forty, and this number doesn’t even take into account the nearly six million reconstructive procedures during the same period, many of which, like cleft palate surgery, are performed on young children. Here is a breakdown of some of the most popular plastic surgery procedures among younger patients.
It can be challenging to perform plastic surgery on adolescent patients because their bodies are still growing and changing, but an experienced plastic surgeon can often address certain specific concerns before they have had a chance to cause significant discomfort and inconvenience. Among teenagers (age 13 to 19) popular procedures include adolescent nose surgery (or rhinoplasty) which can potentially alleviate breathing difficulties, surgery to reduce the size or projection of the ears, and male breast reduction for the treatment of gynecomastia.
Targeted Body Contouring in Your Twenties
By far the most popular form of cosmetic plastic surgery in the United States is breast augmentation, and patients in their twenties account for nearly a third of all such procedures. Other forms of breast surgery, such as breast lifts and breast reductions, are increasingly popular among these patients as well. Finally, many men and women in this age range seek out liposuction for minor body contouring and to remove isolated pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.
Preventative Facial Aging Treatments in Your Thirties
Although the popularity of various plastic surgery procedures, like breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, and tummy tucks, generally remains the same or continues to rise among patients in their thirties, the most significant change is in the number of patients seeking out minimally-invasive facial rejuvenation procedures. Injectable treatments like Botox® and facial fillers like Juvéderm® can effectively “press pause” on the aging process, reversing many of the most common signs of facial aging while delaying the age at which more extensive plastic surgery procedures might become necessary.
These procedures can provide a variety of benefits to patients at every age. If you are interested in learning more about the many procedures that we perform at Atlanta Plastic Surgery and what they might be able to do for you, please contact Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. at our Atlanta, Alpharetta, Cumming, or Newnan office to schedule an appointment for a consultation. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news.