Last week’s article entitled How Young is too Young for Plastic Surgery? generated a lot of interest in how plastic surgery trends by age. Many of you wanted to know how the types of procedures change as we age. While the previous post details the cosmetic plastic surgery procedures most frequently performed for those less than 30-years-old, this post continues from there and identifies cosmetic surgery procedures performed on those of us who are 30 and over.
Adult Plastic Surgery
The types of procedures I perform as a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon vary by the age of my patients. Younger patients are more interested in body work, while older patients begin to consider facial rejuvenation. The most popular decade for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery is the 40’s, and it is here where the focus begins to shift.
Plastic Surgery Age 30-39
In our thirties, the plastic surgery focus is body work. As we leave our 20’s our bodies are no longer developing, and we begin to see the signs of aging. Pregnancy also takes its toll, and as we leave the peak years of childbirth, we want to repair the damage. About one-third of all Breast Augmentation, Breast Lifts and Tummy Tucks are performed in this age group because they are very helpful for restoring the breasts and bellies back to their pre-pregnancy shape, and sometimes even better. The 30 to 39-year-old age group accounts for 23% of all the cosmetic surgeries performed and 18% of minimally-invasive procedures.
The top procedures for the forth decade of life are: Breast Augmentation (30%), Liposuction (19%), Cosmetic Nose Surgery/Rhinoplasty (17%), Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty (11%), Breast Lift (8%) and Eyelid Surgery/Blepharoplasty (4%). The most frequently performed minimally-invasive procedure are Botox/Dysport (49%), laser hair removal (15%), microdermabrasion (10%), soft tissue fillers like Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane and Radiesse (10%), and chemical peels (7%).
Plastic Surgery Age 40-54
Cosmetic Plastic Surgery from forty to the mid fifties transitions further up the body to the face. For the first time Eyelid Surgery is performed more frequently than Breast Augmentation. The Facelifts (Rhytidectomies) increase by over 2000% from the 30-39 age group. Forty to fifty-four-year-olds account for one-third of all cosmetic plastic surgery and half of all minimally-invasive procedures.
In the 40-54 age group the top procedures are Eyelid Surgery/Blepharoplasty (17%), Breast Augmentation (16%), Liposuction (15%), Cosmetic Nasal Surgery/Rhinoplasty (10%), Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty (8%) and for the first time Facelift/Rhytidectomy (8%). The most frequently performed minimally-invasive procedure are Botox/Dysport (57%), soft tissue fillers like Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane and Radiesse (15%), chemical peels (8%), microdermabrasion (7%) and laser hair removal (6%).
Plastic Surgery Age 55 and over
For those over 55, Liposuction still remains popular, but becomes problematic as the skin loosens. As a result, tummy tucks and breast lifts are performed almost as often. Moreover, breast lifts are performed twice as often as breast augmentation. The 55 and over age groups accounts for 23% of all the cosmetic surgeries performed and 26% of all minimally-invasive procedures.
In the 55 and over age group, it is all about the face. The top five cosmetic plastic surgeries are facial rejuvenation procedures including: Eyelid Surgery/Blepharoplasty (27%), Facelift/Rhytidectomy (23%), Dermabrasion (8%), Forehead Lift/Brow Lift (7%) and Cosmetic Nasal Surgery/Rhinoplasty (7%). The most frequently performed minimally-invasive procedures are also focused on facial rejuvenation and include: Botox/Dysport (43%), soft tissue fillers like Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane and Radiesse (22%), chemical peels (15%), microdermabrasion (7%) and laser skin resurfacing (6%).
Plastic Surgery Statistics
I hope you enjoyed this plastic surgery trip through the decades. I have always liked math, but this was a lot of number crunching. Special thanks to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for supplying the raw data.
If you are looking for more information about plastic surgery, click on these links for Cosmetic Breast Surgery, Body Shaping, Facial Rejuvenation or Minimally-Invasive Procedures. If you have questions about plastic surgery, feel free to contact me through the form in the margin. If you would like to schedule a personal consultation appointment, give my office a call at (925) 943-6353.Previous Post Next Post