Not long ago, most people didn’t want others to know they’d undergone plastic surgery. It was incredibly rude to ask someone if they had work done – even if their nose, chin or other feature was noticeably different. Baby Boomers and Generation Xers still don’t shout about their plastic surgery from the rooftops, but that’s not the case with millennials. In the age of the selfie, every breast implant or lip injection is shared with friends on Snapchat, Instagram or via texts. Millennials take and post their own before and after photos.
Celebrities were formerly secretive about their cosmetic surgeries, but not those of the millennial variety. Once again, the Kardashians were a major influence. Millennials are now plastic surgery connoisseurs, commenting on the new looks of the famous, friends and family. Prospective patients show plastic surgeons photos posted on social media and demand the same appearance. Millennials feel no stigma about plastic surgery – it’s a person’s right to look as good as they want and can afford. Knowing you look good gives you confidence, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Praise from social media doesn’t hurt either. There’s also feedback, much as commenting on a new outfit or hairstyle. If the procedure didn’t quite work, it’s not the end of the world. It can always be changed. Millennials don’t necessarily intend to have the same features throughout life. There’s always room for improvement.
One thing millennials all have in common is that they’re pretty young, with the eldest at just 35 years old. While this generation has been more open to plastic surgery and starts using Botox and other anti-aging products at a young age, none of them are actually old. Those hairs of many hues have not yet turned gray. Once facelifts and other procedures associated with aging become the norm for millennials, will they still want everyone to know? It’s hard to predict, as that’s a minimum of 15 years from now. It’s a lifetime in terms of technology and plastic surgery advances. Perhaps aging millennials will take a tip from Baby Boomer parents and just want contemporaries to think they look rested – or they’ll continue to show off new, improved selves. Only time – and social media - will tell.
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