Cosmetic surgery has become a family affair, with generations of women now often seeing the same surgeons for the same procedures, or each choosing their own special pick-me-up. Botox is replacing flowers as a gift on special occasions, and women are now proudly sharing their cosmetic changes with other female family members in what is becoming known as “generational plastic surgery.”
Dr. Robert Guida, one of New York City’s most sought after nasal and facial plastic surgeons, often sees more than one female family member at his New York City practice. Grandmothers can get an eye lift while moms may opt for fillers to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Daughters are often coming in for their first round of surgical treatment, whether it’s corrective care for a deviated septum, or a cosmetic enhancement like a rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty remains the most popular of all facial surgical procedures, performed by 96 percent of surgeons annually. Since many women share similar facial features with their female relatives, it’s only natural that if your mother or grandmother had a rhinoplasty, you might opt for one as well. Using the same surgeon can mean mothers and daughters end up with matching noses—just not the ones their genes dictated.
Revisions and eye lift surgeries come in second and third for facial surgeries. As for non-surgical options, Botox® is the most popular, followed by soft tissue or hyaluronic fillers. Many women who have one procedure will return to their surgeon at a later date, provided they had a good experience the first time, and those women will often refer friends and family.
Dr. Guida reminds his patients that it’s always a good idea to have a loved one around when undergoing cosmetic surgery. Who better than a family member who has had it themselves? Having your mother there for your first procedure can mean having a built-in support system—someone close, who has already experienced a procedure first-hand.
Having cosmetic surgery is a deeply personal experience. It can be very beneficial to go through it with someone who loves and supports you, who can walk you through the procedure in advance, and let you know what to expect during recovery. It’s a win-win situation.
If you’re interested in cosmetic surgery, either as a solo adventure or with a family member by your side, contact Dr. Guida’s offices or book a consultation online.