Fifty-Five percent of facial plastic surgeons saw patients who wanted to look better in selfies, according to a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). The AAFPRS’ annual survey showed that selfie continues to impact aesthetics and remained one of the top reasons patients sought cosmetic treatment. The percentage of patients wanting to look better in selfies increased by 13% from 2016 to 2017.
Additionally, patients were becoming more knowledgeable as the public trends shifted from “anti-aging” to “pre-juvenation,” where consumers are looking to take control of the aging process. More millennials engaged in aesthetic treatments in 2017, with 56% of AAFPRS surgeons reporting an increase in cosmetic surgery or injectablics among patients under 30 years of age. Cosmetic non-surgical procedures accounted for over four-fifths of treatments in 2017.
Looking natural remained the dominant concern among patients seeking aesthetic treatments, with 33% reporting a fear of looking unnatural as their top concern. A desire to remain relevant and competitive at work was the main reason patients (57%) sought treatment from cosmetic surgeons, with eyelid procedures increasing by 73% and combined non-surgical procedures increasing by 72%.