According to statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the number of cosmetic surgeries performed in the U.S. has increased each year since 1997. Narrowing it down to this past year, the data shows that the top three surgical procedures performed were breast augmentation, liposuction, and tummy tuck surgery. Furthermore, 43% of these procedures were received by patients in the age range of 35-50 years.

Interestingly enough, I experienced the same trends over the past year at my practice. In fact, I commonly performed a combination of these top three procedures in a mommy makeover for several patients in this age group. After reviewing the ASAPS data and comparing it to my own experiences, I believe there are several factors contributing to these numbers nationwide.

Throughout a series of three blog posts, I will elaborate on why I believe each trend has occurred, beginning with my theory for why 35-50 is the most popular age to receive cosmetic plastic surgery.

Most Common and Practical Age Range for Plastic Surgery

The ASAPS statistics note that patients ages 35-50 received the most procedures, equating to 43% of the total surgical procedures performed. This trend directly mirrors what my practice experiences. Of course, we do treat many patients well under and over that age range, but 35-50 is typically the most common.

I believe the reason this age group receives the most cosmetic surgery can be attributed to a combination of factors. A lot of women prefer to wait until after they are finished having children before going on to “repair” the “damage” that may occur from childbearing. Plastic surgery can also be costly as insurance does not typically cover elective procedures, so financial considerations generally take effect. Additionally, I believe that after a certain number of years, some people decide they have come into who they are and may grow the confidence to undergo a surgical procedure to alter something that has bothered them their entire lives.

Further Statistical Breakdown

Be sure to read next week’s blog on why breast augmentation, liposuction, and tummy tuck surgery consistently top the list for the most popular plastic surgery procedures.