Younger generations, like millennials, have taken their looks to new heights; especially when it comes to being ‘seen’ on social media sites. Has this led them to become more self-absorbed, or maybe it’s more of a self-obsession for selfies; everyone wants to be beautiful, and that’s nothing new. However, cosmetic surgeries were once limited to adults (procedures were common among the wealthy or those of celebrity status), but not anymore. Spas and clinics can light up a map when it comes to non-invasive procedures, and it comes as no surprise to see many ‘younger’ groups making these types of appointments.

After spending time researching this subject, I realized that there are plenty of young people wanting to look ageless and glamorous. Millennials’ (age 25-40) can shake things up, as most are quite familiar with, and it’s no wonder that this generation has been fixated on self-care. The internet and social media has played a huge role on this particular group; making the plastic surgery (invasive and non-invasive procedures) businesses boom like never before. The most common types of procedures sought after by millennials are breast augmentation, rhinoplasty and liposuction; this is according to the America Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery studies in 2019. Growing up with the internet and social media has played a part in the younger generation’s fixation on their self-care, making it less stigmatic (taboo), often motivating others to seek out non-invasive cosmetic procedures and at times plastic surgery. Millennials’ want to keep their looks as youthful as possible, besides the wanting of ‘instant gratification’; but I believe there are certain pressures on our youth from these social media sites and advertisements.

Botox and fillers are used to soften lines (such as frown lines) and is now being used as an anti-aging solution for the younger generations; in order to prevent the inevitable process of aging skin. While there is no age limit for using Botox, it is commonly used among the 20-30 yr. old range. As far as fillers go (and there’s a few in today’s market), the younger they start, the harder it becomes to stop. The reason being…it can be addictive; looking and feeling better about their looks. What I find disturbing is the younger age groups that will continue to fill their faces for years, because it may result in some ‘not so pretty’ facial feature changes as well as damage from long term use. The features (attachment of facial fat pads, etc.) can become visually distorted, causing weird wrinkles and lines in lips, along with other irregularities in the skin; but again… it doesn’t stop them.

Lastly, it’s all about lips. Yes…I miss my fuller lips from when I was younger, but I’m not going to fill them. I think it’s a shame how this generation (not speaking for all) feels it is necessary to have pouty looking lips; there’s pressure to look a certain way. Young women will continue to transform their looks, thanks to some influencers (advertisements) on Instagram and other social media sites. The possibility of ‘aftereffects’ doesn’t faze this group; it’s casually dismissed. It’s a little tweak here and a little tweak there and then…it becomes maintenance; they don’t stop. From getting butt lifts, liposuction, fillers and more, the procedures seem to be somewhat endless. I’ve read numerous articles revolving around the Kardashians and Kylie Jenner’s’ influences among younger girls and women; now called the tweakment culture.

What people need to know is that it is NOT NORMAL to have flawless skin, defined cheekbones, absent wrinkles, huge eyes and lips. We should begin educating teens that injecting fillable can come with a hefty price; not just in the pocket book, but to their naturally aging looks. As my grandmother and other women in my family said a long time ago…”I’ve earned every wrinkle on my body and face, God is not judging looks.” Amen to that! I will leave you with this phrase (I’m sure you’ve all heard it before); “Beauty…is in the eyes of the beholder,” we were all made to be different, not perfect.

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