In this new age of social media, everyone wants to look their best. Everyday millions of people post images on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram that showcase their best selves to the world. That includes this new generation of millennials who are signing up for plastic surgery in NYC in record numbers.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in their 2019 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report, an estimated 17.7 million cosmetic procedures took place. Many of those procedures were requested by the “new generation”, a subset of Millennials who are 20-39 years old.
Of the top cosmetic procedures that were most requested, the top of the list include breast augmentation, liposuction, and rhinoplasty. Let’s look at a little bit more about these top 3 cosmetic procedures most in demand by the new generation and why people are exploring these options in body improvements.
Plus, the best part of this new generation is that they aren’t afraid to talk about the body and face improvements they want a plastic surgeon to make for them. It’s a whole new world of full transparency where patients are no longer ashamed of their cosmetic surgery procedures. Let’s take a look at a few of the most in demand common plastic surgery procedures.
#1 Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation in New York City is by far the most requested cosmetic procedure by this new generation. This is also called an augmentation mammoplasty or more informally referred to as “breast implants” or “breast enlargement”.
During a breast augmentation, a plastic surgeon inserts implants that are filled with either silicone or saline under a patient’s existing breast tissue. The goal with implants is to get the most natural looking and feeling results as possible.
The latest implant technology allows a combination of durability and natural appearing and feeling.
There are many reasons that people decide they want to enhance their body with plastic surgery procedures like a breast augmentation. It may be that they like their breasts but desire a larger cup size. Other times it could be to even out differences in size and shape between each breast. Asymmetry is very common and is a big reason why people decide they want to undergo breast augmentation surgery with breast implants.
Some people have this type of procedure after surgery to treat breast cancer. This would be reconstructive surgery. A mastectomy to remove one or both of the breasts after cancer can contribute to the desire for implants. The rebuilding of this area with a breast implant can make a person’s recovery feel more complete by restoring their body to the form they want.
Millennials Want to Feel More Confident
As a confidence booster many women feel that having breast augmentation will make them happier with their figure. This subset of millennials is very outspoken about their desire to better themselves in any way they see can. There is less stigma associated with these plastic surgery procedures than ever before. With social media, the new generation isn’t afraid to document their own plastic surgery procedure journeys to their friends, family, and followers.
Past generations might have been more close-mouthed and secretive about visiting a plastic surgeon, but that’s not the case anymore. It’s a very accepted way to better your appearance if that’s what you choose to do. People are proud of the improvements that a plastic surgeon can do for them. It’s evident on television shows that highlight and explore the benefits of plastic surgery.
What to Expect After Breast Augmentation Surgery
Plastic surgeons will advise that after cosmetic surgery procedures such as a breast augmentation there can be some pain and swelling. These cosmetic surgeries are done on an outpatient basis, with the patient being allowed to go home the same day. The stitches used for the incision are dissolvable and will be absorbed into the body within six weeks. To relieve the pain and discomfort an over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen can be taken. Most patients are back to normal daily activities within a few days.
The patient will have to be careful to avoid strenuous activities for about 3-4 weeks, wear a special supportive bra, and may have to do some post-operative exercises to relieve pain and increase arm movement.
Liposuction surgery is one of the oldest cosmetic procedures and it’s still very popular among the new generation to tone and tweak their figures. One of the most common plastic surgery procedures, liposuction removes extra pockets of fat from various areas in the body. Those places can include the stomach, thighs, hips, neck, or arms. It’s not meant to be a weight loss solution, but rather the procedure can help to streamline and slim those hard to lose places where exercise isn’t doing the trick. It is a body contouring procedure.
These cosmetic surgeries are also done as an outpatient, and you are able to go home the same day, There can be soreness, bruising, and swelling after the surgery. The discomfort will vary depending on the extent of liposuction and the number of areas.
Compression garments are worn after these plastic surgery procedures to help minimize the pain and reduce swelling. Over-the-counter medications can also be taken as well.
The Long Term Results of Liposuction
For different people the long term results of liposuction can vary. If the person gains significant weight, the fat deposits will come back in certain areas. You have to be very careful to maintain a healthy lifestyle after having liposuction done and your body may change as you continue to age.
# 3 Rhinoplasty
Finally, the third most popular among all cosmetic surgery procedures is rhinoplasty or what is commonly called a “nose job.” This allows the plastic surgeon to slim down, reshape, or fix bumps and asymmetry in the nose area. It can enhance the entire facial structure for a person when it’s done the right way.
The nose is one of the most common areas for improvement that makes a big difference in a person’s overall appearance. In this age of “selfies” being taken all the time, the new generation has mastered this way of taking their own photo for showing off on social media. That’s why a cosmetic procedure involving the face is still among the most popular plastic surgery procedures for millennials to have.
Plastic surgeons report that older teens also request this surgery before they head off to college as a graduation present from their parents. This rite of passage has been popular for decades.
After a Rhinoplasty Cosmetic Procedure
This surgery is also done on an outpatient basis. After a rhinoplasty procedure, the patient can expect to be bandaged with some swelling and pain. Over-the-counter medication can also be taken to deal with some of the minor pain that happens after the procedure. Splints will be worn on the face around the nose area for about a week after the surgery.
Plastic surgeons give all patients a detailed list of instructions for care during recovery. Patients will also have to be careful about any activities where something could potentially injure your face. Hardcore exercise should be avoided for a few weeks and it’s also not advisable to wear glasses or sunglasses during this time while the nose area is healing.
Other common surgeries include breast reduction, tummy tuck, and a breast lift. Many women complain of back pain and seek out a breast reduction to alleviate their pain. Breast reduction surgery is a very impactful surgery, helping to ease pain and improve the lives of patients. A tummy tuck is similar to liposuction in that it is sought out by patients who are uncomfortable with the appearance of their abdomen. With a tummy tuck, excess skin is removed to give a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. While a tummy tuck addresses the abdomen, it is different than lipo as a tummy tuck is focused primarily on extra skin. A breast lift is often pursued as part of a mommy makeover
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Dr. Matthew Schulman is a board certified New York City plastic surgeon who is more than ready to serve this new generation of patients. If you are ready to make serious improvements to your face and body, or have questions about these popular cosmetic surgeries, this New York City based physician is going to be there for all your aesthetic goals.
Be the beautiful person you want to be inside and out with any of these top 3 cosmetic procedures and all others he offers. Contact Dr. Schulman’s office with any questions or to schedule an appointment to explore how you ideally want to look today.