Boomers boost plastic surgery

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery survey says anti-aging surgeries were up in 2009.

Content courtesy of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

June 1, 2010


The baby boomer generation may be well into their 50s and 60s, but that doesn't mean they're ready to concede their looks just yet. In fact, many "boomers" are determined to maintain their once-youthful appearance.

According to a recent survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, anti-aging procedures such as facelifts and blepharoplasty (eyelid lifts) are on the rise. Botox procedures and the use of fillers are also increasing. The bottom line is that baby boomers are aging but they don't want their looks to do the same.

"The baby boomers are getting older but they still feel young and they want to look that way too," said AACS President Mark Berman, MD. "With anti-aging procedures, people tend to feel much better about themselves afterward."

Facelifts rose 44 percent from 2008 to 2009 in procedures by AACS members, totaling 34,455 in 2009. Blepharoplasty procedures went up 42 percent, from 42,602 to 60,507. Similarly, non-invasive anti-aging procedures such as Botox (up 157 percent) and fillers (up 245 percent) rose exponentially.

In procedures performed by AACS members, the average age of facelift patients is 54.1 years. The average age for blepharoplasty is 52.3 years. In addition, the average age of patients receiving Botox is 46.6 and fillers is 46.8.

"I think this might come as a surprise to the public when they see just how many baby boomers are trying to slow down the aging process," Berman said. "As a surgeon, these numbers aren't surprising because we see older patients all the time."

For more information visit the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.