Minimally invasive "tweakments" are trending among the Gen Z populations, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFRPS). 75% of facial plastic surgeons reported an increased in demand from clients under 30-years-old, and 79% agree that looking better in selfies continues to trend upward.
Botox, fillers, microneedling and chemical peels top the list of requested in-office procedures. As for low-downtime surgeries, lip lifts and blepharoplasties are trending.
Lip lifts, a new category for the 2021 survey, were up three percent in 2022. 73% of AAFPRS members performed lip lifts in 2022 versus 70% in 2021. This trending procedure aims to remove a small amount of skin under the nose in order to shorten the skin of the upper lip, increasing the amount of visible pink. By removing the excess upper lip skin, it shortens the upper lip skin and everts the upper lip which results in a more youthful appearance.
“We have seen more and more patients requesting lip lifts, to be performed as an isolated procedure, or in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery,” says Theda C. Kontis, MD, facial plastic surgeon and President of the AAFPRS.
Another selfie-boosting procedure, the blepharoplasty, a.k.a. eye lid surgery has seen an upward climb in popularity. “Upper blepharoplasty removes the excess skin above the eyelid, reducing that hooded appearance that can occur naturally with age, while lower blepharoplasty targets the fat pads below the eye, restoring a smoother, more youthful look,” says Dr. Kontis. “Both are relatively minor procedures that lend themselves to tremendous patient satisfaction.”
78% of AAFPRS members believe there will be a greater emphasis on earlier maintenance and age prevention starting in the 20s-30s to forestall bigger procedures and surgeries for later in life. This year's survey indicated that surgical procedure activity sees significant increase.