Growing numbers of younger women are reportedly resorting to plastic surgery so they look good on social media. While liposuction, tummy tucks, facelifts and botox are generally associated with people trying to stave off the ravages of old age later in life -London-based plastic surgeon Dr Julian De Silva says now it’s often women who haven’t even hit middle age.
The average age of women going under the knife is now 39 -down from 42 just five years ago. Meanwhile for men, the average age has fallen from 47 to 45 years, which is what the Oxford English Dictionary defines as the beginning of middle age.
De Silva, who uncovered the figures, said: “There is no doubt the Instagram culture is having an effect on some younger patients. The desire to look good has never been stronger.” The doctor also said that social media gives more visibility to those who’ve undergone procedures. Dr De Silva, who researched 2,000 patient records over the past five years, said high-profile cases such as Olympian swimmer Rebecca Adlington’s rhinoplasty, or a nose job, had an effect.
He added: “Millennial women see the obvious benefits of surgery such as Rebecca’s and think, `Why wait until my 40s?'” His research found 53% of people want to change how we look and 63% would have an operation if they had the cash.