Plastic surgery can benefit people of all ages in countless ways, and I’m particularly excited about the trends I’m seeing among younger adults. In 2017, 16% of the 1.8 million plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States were made on patients between the ages of 20 and 29, an increase of 2% from the previous year. This means that a growing number of millennials are recognizing the amazing potential of cosmetic plastic surgery. As a plastic surgeon with boundless enthusiasm for my work, I’m happy to see this level of interest from young people. Therefore, for today’s blog, I’m providing some stats and thoughts on the top five most popular plastic surgery procedures among Americans in their twenties:
- Breast augmentation
Whether it’s done with artificial implants or autologous fat transfer, breast augmentation is consistently the most popular plastic surgery procedure for all age groups in the United States. In 2017, 85,690 twenty-somethings chose to have their breasts surgically augmented, a 4% increase from 2016. In addition to being the most popular plastic surgery procedure overall, breast augmentation was also the most commonly performed procedure among Americans aged 30-39.
- Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty)
People choose to have nose surgery to achieve various aesthetic goals: reduce overall size, correct subtle imperfections, repair flaws resulting from injury or birth defects, and more. Also known as a “nose job,” rhinoplasty can even be an effective procedure for treating certain breathing problems. The ASPS reports that 68,624 people between ages 20 and 29 opted to have their noses surgically reshaped in 2017.
Many people have stubborn pockets of fat that don’t respond to diet and/or exercise, and liposuction is sometimes the only way to address this common issue. 38,082 Americans in their twenties had liposuction in 2017, a 6% increase from 2016, so more younger adults seem to be learning about the difference this time-tested procedure can make.
- Breast lift
The breast lift is sometimes confused with breast augmentation (perhaps because the term “lift” evokes growth) or breast reduction (in part because a breast lift typically involves the removal of some breast tissue). However, a breast lift is its own specific type of breast enhancement, its primary purpose being a change in the breasts’ positioning rather than their size. 14,290 Americans between ages 20 and 29 had breast lift procedures in 2017, a 4% increase from 2016.
- Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
The tummy tuck is the fifth most popular plastic surgery procedure among Americans in their twenties, having been chosen by 12,395 people of this age group in 2017. Although it involves the surgical removal of some fat from the middle and lower abdomen, a tummy tuck’s main purpose is to tighten and smooth out one’s stomach area.
If you’re interested in learning about these procedures or any of the many other procedures I perform, please contact me, Dr. Michael Mirzabeigi, to schedule a consultation. I’m currently seeing patients at Atlanta Plastic Surgery’s Atlanta (Northside / Sandy Springs), Cumming (Northside / Forsyth), and Canton (Northside / Cherokee) locations.