Is 30 the New 40?
By Dr. Chukwuemeka Onyewu, Plastic Surgeon, Jamachi Plastic Surgery and MediSpa »
Yeah you read it right. No it’s not a typo. Is 30 the new 40? Are younger women trying to actually look older, more mature? That is crazy! Why would anyone want to look older? Well, some patients are telling me they are looking for respect in the work place because they are finding it harder to be taken seriously by their peers (especially men), simply because they look too young. Some patients also tell me they feel people focus solely on their looks and ignore their minds. Now I am by no means claiming that women are flocking to my office asking, me to add wrinkles to their faces or asking for jowls and grey hair, but I AM noticing a couple of new trends;
Younger and younger women are coming in, in their early and late 20’s and early 30’s and requesting procedures typically associated with older women, such as botox and facial fillers and not what we typically expect from women in their 20’s, like breast augmentation and liposuction.
I have had some requests for abdominal liposuction and Tummy Tucks where the patients specifically ask not to have 6 packs carved in their bellies or their abs made too flat. They want a little softness and a more ‘natural’ look (a more mature look perhaps?)
And of course, the breast augmentation. For a while now the trend has been for a more natural look, a little ‘droop’ or ‘hang’. Specifically asking that the implant NOT be placed too high on the chest wall. Is that more natural …….or more mature looking?
Has the pendulum swung in the opposite direction? All I know is I’m stocking up on my wrinkle creams and fat injector machine.