The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) announces the results of its 2007 Procedural Data, which reports that since 2002, the average age for patients receiving invasive aesthetic surgery has increased.
From 2002 to 2007, the mean age of patients seeking the top ten most performed procedures has increased by 2 years, according to the report. The invasive procedures that have seen the largest increase include liposuction, sclerotherapy, facelift, and forehead lift. Following suit are botulinum toxin Type A injections.
The aging population and baby boomers are likely to be the driving force behind these increases. Baby boomers make up approximately 28% of the national population, according to 2006 census reports. Baby boomers fall in the 42 to 64 age range and the average age of those receiving invasive and noninvasive procedures are 42.6 and 42.4, respectively.
“Cosmetic surgeons are seeing anywhere between a 1 to 3 year increase in our patient’s age,” says Steven Hopping, MD, president of the AACS. “It appears that as baby boomers grow older, so does our clientele.”
The report also shows a 13.7% increase in the percentage of men who have had aesthetic surgery from 2002 to 2007.
A copy of the report is available by contacting the AACS.

[American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, March 13, 2008]