Botox, dermal fillers, and more extensive treatments like facelifts have long been prized by older adults for their ability to turn back the clock. But increasingly, plastic surgeons are seeing patients who are too young to worry about crow’s feet and sagging necks. Millennials are fueling the surge in minimally invasive cosmetic treatments in the U.S. Botox is becoming particularly popular among the selfie set, perhaps precisely because social media has made one’s image more important than ever for this generation.
“Millennials are savvy consumers of social media and every day, they see flawless-looking images of everyone from their closest friends to the most popular celebrities,” says Dr. B. Aviva Preminger, a plastic surgeon in NYC. “There’s nothing inherently wrong about receiving cosmetic treatments in one’s 20s, but it’s important to have realistic expectations, to have clearly defined reasons for getting the treatment, and to be fully informed of the potential side effects.”
Minimally invasive options that produce rapid results
Who’s considering getting Botox in New York City? Botox isn’t just for older adults with moderate to severe horizontal wrinkles across the forehead. Many plastic surgeons administer Botox for younger patients who would like to use it as a preventive treatment. Since Botox relaxes the underlying muscles to prevent them from contracting, it can actually delay the formation of lines and wrinkles. Young women and men in their 20s are increasingly turning to Botox as a way to achieve smooth, flawless-looking skin that looks incredible in a selfie, but there are other options as well.
Restylane and Juvederm, for example, are popular choices for plumping up the skin. These are also cosmetic injectables, but they don’t work the same way that Botox does. Restylane and Juvederm are types of dermal fillers, which work by literally filling in the areas under the skin to create pleasing contours and fill in wrinkles. Some injected dermal fillers can even be used on the lips, which is an option that is particularly popular among millennials who desire that “pouty lip” look.
The importance of being an informed patient
Increasingly, younger patients are viewing cosmetic injectables as just another tool in their skin care arsenal. Although these treatments are quite safe for most people, it’s important to bear in mind that they are first and foremost medical procedures. If you’re considering an injectable or other minimally invasive cosmetic treatment, be sure to tell the doctor about your health history. Your doctor will need to know about your medical conditions and medications. You should also take the time to understand the side effects that may occur.
Dr. B. Aviva Preminger welcomes new and current patients who are interested in enhancing their natural beauty with cosmetic treatments. Widely recognized as a leading expert in her field, Dr. Preminger prides herself on extensive patient education. During your confidential consultation, Dr. Preminger will answer all of your questions and take the time to get to know you before offering personalized recommendations that are appropriate for you. Set up a consult at her New York City office by calling today.