How Do U.S. Millennials Perceive Cosmetic Surgery?

Cosmetic procedure

More Millennials are becoming open-minded on undergoing a cosmetic procedure, whether it involves an invasive surgery or not, according to a survey.

Whether it’s a laser treatment for acne in California or a dermal filler from a Utah surgeon, the survey showed that nearly 40% of Millennials in the country are either planning to undergo treatment in the next 12 months or have already done so. Clarity Skin and other experts look deeper into this situation.

Social Acceptance

Plastic surgery has had a negative reputation in the previous years, but this has changed due to the higher social acceptance among Millennial people compared to older generations. The emergence of new technology and new non-invasive procedures have helped in changing their perception of such treatments.

The availability of the Internet is also another reason more Millennials have shown interest. Google served as the primary source of information on cosmetic procedures among 65% of the respondents, while 63% relied on doctors for more details. Those who consulted their families and friends represented 60% of respondents. Only 31% depended on social media influencers for information.

Plastic vs. Cosmetic

When doing research about cosmetic procedures, Millennials should know the difference between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon. The former should have completed between five and eight years of additional training after medical school, while the latter’s post-medical school training lasts between three and five years.

If you want to have your procedure done in Utah, for instance, you can verify the credentials of a certain professional through the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. This will be helpful if you are skeptical of framed certificates that you see in a doctor’s office.

Like any other medical procedure, cosmetic or plastic surgery requires patients to do their research to temper their expectations and avoid health risks as well. As these procedures increase in popularity in the U.S., what is your opinion on invasive or non-invasive treatments?