People younger than you’d expect have recently been undergoing cosmetic procedures traditionally used by a more wrinkled population. Specifically, Botox treatments between 19 to 34-year-olds skyrocketed 41 percent between 2011 and 2015, per the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
There’s a lot of speculation as to why this curious trend is peaking. Some believe that the ‘gram has fried people’s brains into believing that perfection exists without gentle lighting and strategic angles. Others blame it on money: These treatments are not cheap, but an economic uptick and access to more affordable treatments has resulted in more than half a million procedures a year being done in this age range.
Maybe this age group is looking to preserve their looks before the first fine line has a chance to curl into crow’s feet. No judgment. Wincing when I see our president speak has been accelerating my own wrinkles.
Botox lovers—the ones who choose to get poked routinely—often belong to the “plastic positive” set, while others who use it as an occasional and indulgent pick-me-up don’t identify that way. Here’s what a handful of young people had to say.