How do I look? That’s the question, isn’t it! The problem is that our bodies and our faces, along with our expectations about how we look, change significantly as we get older. This is the reason, at least in part, why certain cosmetic procedures are more popular within certain age groups. As a result, we thought it would be interesting for our readers to see how age changes the focus of many people when it comes to opting for one cosmetic procedure or another.
The first statistics we’d like to share are those which show the ages of those opting for any and all surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Not surprisingly, the lowest number of procedures (less than 2%) are performed on patients who are 18 years of age and under. The next lowest percentage (about 8%) is for those 65 and older. The highest percentage (almost 43%) is among those in the 35-50 age group. Rounding out the statistics are those between 19 and 34 (about 20%), and those in the 51-64 age group (more than 27%).
Looking at the distribution of overall cosmetic procedures by age, most people would not be particularly surprised at the numbers. But a more interesting contrast appears when we examine the differences in popularity of specific procedures depending upon the ages of those opting for them. Here are some of the results:
- 19-34. The most popular surgery is breast augmentation, followed by rhinoplasty. For non-surgical procedures, Botox® and laser hair removal top the list. Many in this group also choose microdermabrasion.
- 35-50. Among the more popular procedures are Botox®, mommy makeover (breast surgery, tummy tuck, liposuction), and skin resurfacing (laser treatments, chemical peels and light treatments).
- 51-64. In this age bracket, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), brow lifts and facelifts are among the more popular procedures.
If you take a look at these figure in detail, you’ll find that the goals in a given age group generally drive the procedures that are more popular. Whether the focus is having clear, smooth skin, facial balance, better body proportions, or another issue, that focus will determine the particular procedure that will likely be viewed as the solution to the problem. But as we have seen, the process, and the perception, is significantly affected by a person’s age.