Rise in Surgical Procedures in Younger Clients

According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), 75 percent of facial plastic surgeons reported a spike in demand from clients under 30, and 79 percent agree that looking better in selfies continues to trend upward. Botox, fillers, microneedling, and chemical peels top the list of requested in-office procedures. As for low-downtime surgeries, lip lifts, and blepharoplasties reign supreme.

Lip lifts are also up three percent in 2022; at least 73 percent of AAFPRS members performed lip lifts in 2022 versus 70 percent in 2021. The procedure aims to remove some skin under the nose in order to shorten the skin of the upper lip, overall increasing the amount of visible pink lip. By removing this excess upper lip skin, it shortens the upper lip skin and everts the upper lip which results in a more youthful appearance. Eye lid surgery, blepharoplasty, has also increased, as most clients request this procedure to look less tired. The recovery time can be a short as a few days to a week. And while prejuvenation and low-to-no downtime reign supreme for Gen Z-ers, 78 percent of AAFPRS members believe there will be a greater emphasis on earlier maintenance and age prevention starting in the 20s-30s to forestall bigger procedures and surgeries for later down the road. “Upper blepharoplasty removes the excess skin above the eyelid, reducing that hooded appearance that can occur naturally with age, while lower blepharoplasty targets the fat pads below the eye, restoring a smoother, more youthful look,” says Dr. Kontis. “Both are relatively minor procedures that lend themselves to tremendous patient satisfaction.”