According to a Pew Research study, 62 percent of millennials feel "their generation has a unique and distinctive identity" compared to other generations. If this isn't the most obvious thing you've read all day, raise your hand. While this claim — that millennials see themselves as even more anti-establishment then their anti-establishment parents — isn't groundbreaking, what is interesting is examining the context behind the statement.
Millennials view themselves as distinct for a number of reasons including their reliance on technology, interest in music and pop culture, and their liberal and more tolerant attitude towards people. Yet what also makes them unique is their self confidence and openness to express themselves in various ways such as plastic surgery.
According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, "a whopping 64 percent of member facial plastic surgeons saw an increase in cosmetic surgery or injectable treatments in patients under age 30," in 2015.
The AAFPRS believes the reason for this surge could be because of what they call the "Kardashian Effect" or "Selfie Mania." That is, millennials are enthralled by pop culture icons and are always trying to look their best for their own audiences. Call it inflated confidence, if you want, but the point is this: Millennials have an agenda that is unlike past generations, which involves looking great and letting others know about it.
There is, of course, nothing wrong with millennials' approach! Being comfortable expressing yourself is one of the best traits this new generation possesses and certainly one they likely picked up from their parents, who, as Baby Boomers, helped define self-expressiveness.
If you're thinking about having plastic surgery, consider scheduling a consultation with a dual board-certified facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. James Marotta of Marotta Plastic Surgery Specialists in New York.