Younger Patients and Non-Surgical Treatments

A study has suggested that it is younger patients – millennials aged 18-34 – who are most interested in non-surgical aesthetic treatments. 

The survey of 1,030 UK adults (over 18) was conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of website RealSelf.  84% of those asked had undergone cosmetic treatments or were considering them within the coming year, but findings showed that the younger age group was markedly more interested in cosmetic treatments:

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    • young patients botox fillersThe proportion of adults considering cosmetic treatments in the next 12 months was significantly higher in the younger age group:
      • 62% of those aged 18-34
      • 28% aged 35+
    • The proportion of adults that had had a non-surgical or surgical cosmetic treatment in the past was significantly higher in the younger group:
      • 40% of those aged 18-34
      • 14% of those aged 35+

    The top five non-surgical treatments under consideration were listed as:

    1. Cosmetic dentistry (43%)
    2. Laser hair removal (29%)
    3. Skin treatments e.g. dermaplaning, microneedling (28%)
    4. Dermal fillers (24%)
    5. Botulinum toxin anti-ageing injections (18%)

    RealSelf chief medical officer Miss Lara Devgan, who is a US board-certified plastic surgeon, commented on the findings of the survey, saying:

    “Younger generations are a key force behind the UK’s growing interest in cosmetic procedures, due to, in a large a part, the new technologies and treatment options that have made aesthetic treatments accessible to a wider audience.

    “Many millennials look at cosmetic enhancements as part of their larger self-care routine, not unlike going to the gym or taking care of their skin. They are more open to the idea that beauty is a feeling of confidence rather than a particular physical feature, and it can be unique and customised for every individual.”

    Young People and Injectable Treatments

    While SkinViva welcome the growth in popularity of cosmetic treatments, we do advise against starting treatments too young.

    The media has previously highlighted cases of inappropriately young patients receiving cosmetic injectable treatments, aged as young as 14.  In response, Aesthetic Medical Practitioners have suggested that if under 18s are receiving cosmetic treatment, then it is probably not being performed by medically-qualified practitioners.

    There is surprisingly still no legislation to prevent a beauty therapist from carrying out dermal filler injections or lip enhancement fillers whatever the patient’s age, as they are not prescription medicines.

    Anti-ageing injections using botulinum toxin is a prescription medicine, so there are some guidelines around the prescribing, but it can still be injected by anybody. While this may not be illegal, it is something that concerns industry professionals.  There are also potential insurance implications as insurers generally only cover procedures for patients over the age of 18 as a minimum.

    SkinViva clinicians will refuse to treat a client under 18 under any circumstances. Clinicians may also advise against treatment in any patient where treatment is not in their best interest, whether on the basis of age or anything else, as it is our policy to give the best professional advice for each and every patient.

    We would advise anyone considering cosmetic treatments to always choose a medically qualified practitioner whose advice you can trust.

    SkinViva Manchester

    SkinViva was established in 2008 and has an excellent reputation for offering high quality skin treatments in the North West.

    SkinViva’s team of Aesthetic Practitioners is led by fully qualified doctor and Clinical Director, Dr Tim Pearce MB ChB BSc (Hons) MRCGP and operates to very high standards.

    Free Consultations

    Their team offer free consultations at their main clinic in Manchester.

    A consultation is always required prior to any cosmetic treatment and this is arranged with an experienced aesthetic clinician. The same individual would carry out treatment and this can normally be done at the same appointment if required.

    For further information or to arrange a confidential consultation with an Aesthetic Clinician, please call 0161 865 1141, email

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