Most Common Non-Surgical Procedures For Gen Xers (We won’t grow old without a fight)
I recently wrote about the most common surgical procedures for Gen Xers, with my personal take on why. This got me thinking about the prevalence of non-surgical procedures we Gen Xers seem to gravitate towards. I’m no stranger to many items on the list. Why? Because they are less expensive ways to maintain some of the youth (AKA volume, elasticity and evenness) that I feel like I went to bed with one evening and woke up without the next day.
I know I’m not alone. It seems like age snuck up on all of us and now we’re out there trying to undo the damage we did when we believed ingesting the fumes from a billowing cloud of Solarcane was simply part of a simple fix for the over-exposure we got putting on SPF 4 and calling it “sunblock.”
Our generation is getting over 40% of all surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures combined, which is probably a sign that we simply want to look the way we feel.
These are the top non-surgical procedures we Gen Xers ages 35-50 are opting for — according to the 2014 Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
(Been there done that? Click here for the top surgical procedures Gen Xers are down for.):
Women age 35-50 who had procedure in 2014
1. Botulinum Toxin (including Botox, Dysport, Xeomin) 1,555,054 43%
I’m a fan and clearly, I’m not alone. A small amount can go a long way in diminishing lines. Though this stuff is everywhere, be sure to use highly trained professionals. Too much or poor injecting practices can make you look, evil, droopy and frozen.
2. Hyaluronic Acid fillers (incl. Juvederm Ultra, Ultra Plus, 670,293 39.5%
Voluma, Perlane, Restylane, Belotero)
Yep, I’m a fan of these as well. There are so many uses for these plumpers and re-volumizers. Your goal should be to simply fill in areas where you’ve lost volume. That should set back the hands of time a bit and also help smooth other areas of your face and neck by tightening the skin in the area.
3. Hair Removal (laser or pulsed light) 372,137 44.9%
This is definitely on my list. Whether you’re tired of shaving or simply tired of finding hair growing in places you didn’t expect it to grow, this is a go-to for many Xers. It’s easy, cost effective and should last. Like we have extra time to shave anyway?!
4. Chemical Peel 169,567 35%
A less pricy (and yes, often less potent) alternative to lasers, chemical peels can be a great way to slough off dull dead skin, diminish fine lines and discoloration and leave your skin with a fresh healthy glow. Depending on the grade— you can get anything from a minimal change like a treatment of surface acne to treatment of deeper wrinkles and darker spots. See the chemical peel page for more information on the variety of peel options and what they do.
5. Sclerotherapy 143,475 45.4%
If you speak with any woman who had spider veins, she’ll probably tell you that they are the bane of her existence. Who doesn’t want their legs to look less like google maps and more like Heidi Klum? I mean to me, this is a no brainer — and clearly it is to a ton of other Xers. Yes, there are lots of needles, but as evidenced above, we aren’t afraid of a poke or two.
6. Microdermabrasion 140,523 33.7%
Like the chemical peel, this procedure sloughs off dead skin cells. However, with microdermabrasion, the skin removed is a superficial layer. This is an exfoliating treatment that can be done regularly and used to extend time between lasers and peels — it can help clear up acne and remove excess dirt from pores (which for some reason seems to be more of an issue in my 40’s then it was in my adolescence). Though offered at tons of spas, you should consider doing microdermabrasion with a pro, as the wand should be sterilized as if it were a surgical instrument.
7. Photo Rejuvenation (IPL) 128,318 34.6%
The Intense Pulsed Light photo-facial seems to be a big hit with the 35-64 crowd. And why not? At 35 our doctors are telling us those adorable “freckles” are actually called “age spots,” which lacks that cutesy connotation. Our skin is thinning and we are able to see the damaged capillaries and redness on the surface. This laser can not only reduce discoloration and hyperpigmentation, it can improve the texture of skin by promoting the production of collagen. I haven’t done it yet, but the list is ever-growing.
Clearly, we Gen Xers are in the know and ready to take the necessary steps to combat the evil forces or time and gravity. If you’re ready to go a step further — these are the top surgical procedures our fellow Xers are up for.