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How Generation X is Holding Back the Years with Cosmetic Surgery

With each year that goes by, cosmetic surgery becomes a more accepted, and a more popular tool in the fight to slow them down.

The days of waiting until your golden years to undergo a major transformation are long gone. Generation X, or adults today between the ages of 35 and 50, account for the most cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures in plastic surgery—according to a 2014 study from The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

Putting that into numbers, Gen X are having more than 4.2 million procedures a year in the U.S alone—completely outperforming both Baby Boomers and Millennials in beauty boosting nip, tucks, and injections.

But why is this the case? Well, with so many options to choose from, the cost of procedures going down, and performance and safety increasing, it’s easier than ever have a little preventative—rather than corrective—surgery here and there, and be constantly turning back the clock.

Just like in having a healthy diet, Gen X are taking the steps necessary to make sure they not only look their best, but more importantly feel better than ever about themselves.

Let’s take a look at how they’re doing it:

Saying No to Excess Stomach Fat and Skin with Tummy Tucks

Paleo? Intermittent fasting? CrossFit? The Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diet? Sometimes any amount of dieting and exercise just isn’t enough to rid yourself of localised pockets of fat and loose skin around your midsection.

Gen X are fully aware of this, and as a result, account for more than half of the tummy tucks—or ‘abdominoplasties’—performed in the U.S. No matter whether it’s due to fluctuations in weight or the effects of pregnancy, Tummy Tucks can help resolve problems with sagging skin, stretch marks and even muscle separation—once and for all.

Turning Back The Clock With Breast Lifts

There’s no denying the effects of gravity on the breasts. And when coupled with skin changes, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy, it seems the odds of keeping them pert are really stacked against you.

But it doesn’t have to be so, as 50% of breast lift patients who are in the 35-50 age group would happily attest to.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the surgery has increased by 70% since 2000, helping thousands of women restore their breasts to a higher, more youthful position.

Tightening Up With Liposuction

Since 1997, the popularity of liposuction has increased nearly 100%. This is largely down to the 46% of Generation X who’ve opted for this body countering procedure to help sculpt a more desired and streamlined physique.

As the number one most requested surgical procedure in the U.S, liposuction can be highly effective for reducing excess fat around the stomach, thighs, hips, neck, and chin, among other areas.

Choosing Curves With Breast Augmentation

With 37% of breast augmentations being performed on those between the ages of 35-50, it is a less popular procedure for Gen X than some of the others on our list—but not without good reason.

When you consider the number one age group having breast augmentations are women aged 19–34, it makes sense that much of Gen X will have already had work done on their breasts, focusing more on lifting, nipping, and tucking in their 30s and 40s.

Looking Through Youthful Eyes With Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery is a popular procedure among those aged between 51-64, but many of those in Gen X have recognized its worth as a way of delaying the aging process.

The skin around the eye is very fragile and thus one of the first areas to show signs of aging. Today, 30% of those aged 35–50 opt for eyelid rejuvenation to address puffiness, manage wrinkling skin, remove excess fat, and ultimately shed years off how old they look. After all, when did biological age ever matter?

If you would like to learn more about post pregnancy breast augmentation and lifts, or book a consultation at Las Colinas Centre for Plastic Surgery, leave us a comment or give us a call on (972) 831-8822.