More 20-somethings dosing up on anti-wrinkle treatments

Penny Newton

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A growing number of young Australians in their 20s are getting some form of anti-ageing procedures such as Botox, according to findings from the Physicians Society of Australasia’s (CPSA) annual cosmetic medicine survey.

The findings show that 11 percent, or 2.5 million Australians have had some form of anti-ageing aesthetic procedure in the last year, and of those, 28% were aged between 18 and 29. These procedures include anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers and laser or IPL skin rejuvenation.

This is a increase from last year, where 9.7% of Australian’s sought some form of anti-wrinkle injections. Anti-wrinkle injections account for 33% of treatments that 20s something are getting.

“I think because treatments are safe, affordable, effective, accessible and there’s no down time, and often they do prevent signs of ageing, means more people are getting them, says Dr Susan Austin, spokesperson for the CPSA.

“Not that I’m suggesting they should get it, far from it, but some of these girls will look at their mothers and say, ‘I don’t want to look like that, I want to make sure I age gracefully’.”

Asked whether she thought that media had an impact on younger women getting anti-wrinkle injections, Sue commented, “yes definitely. They know about it, it’s now everywhere and there isn’t the stigma attached to it that there once was.”

Susan added that while Australians are prone to looking (on estimate) around 15 years older than our Northern European or American counterparts who experience less sun exposure in childhood, young Australians were better off saving their money and taking better care of their skin, than turning to fillers and injections.

“It’s important for patients to realise that to prevent signs of premature ageing they need to avoid sun damage, which means using an appropriate sunscreen daily and covering up when outdoors,” Dr Austin said.

“I recommend that patients always visit a medical practitioner when considering these medical procedures or when they start to see changes in their skin like fine lines, folds and pigmentation. Other factors such as genetics, level of sun-damage in childhood and lifestyle habits, such as smoking, can also contribute to early aging. ”

The CPSA survey found that approximately 1.3 million Australians (6% of respondents) had undergone a non-surgical treatment, which is an aesthetic procedure that is non-invasive or may slightly break the skin (for example with anti-wrinkle injections). Unsurprisingly, women made up the majority (79%) of these respondents.

The most common treatments continue to be microdermabrasion, laser or IPL hair removal, chemical peels and anti-wrinkle treatments, with 55% of respondents spending $1,000 on these procedures in the last year.

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About the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia:
The CPSA represents the largest body of doctors who perform non- or minimally-invasive cosmetic medical treatments in Australia. Incorporated in 1997, the society aims to protect patient safety and improve regulations in cosmetic medicine. For more information, visit