CINCINNATI —Who wouldn’t love to turn back Father Time and look younger?
Now, even teenagers and 20-years-olds are looking for the Fountain of Youth. Maybe it’s social media or the selfie sensation, but local plastic surgeons are seeing a huge increase in millennials even Gen Zers, looking to erase those unwanted lines.
Maxwell Leclerc is only 29. Those wrinkles in his forehead have bothered him for the last year. He’s a makeup artist who spends his days making others look great, and now, he’s ready to make himself feel great, too.
He admits to WLWT news anchor Sheree Paolello it’s been a mental battle to finally pull the trigger, in part because he knows what people will think.
“Oh! If my parents knew I was doing this, they would flip! They would be like: ‘What are you talking about? You’re so young. You don’t need this.’ But, you know, it’s a different generation,” said Leclerc.
Abby Smith wanted to turn to Botox and fillers at 25. She held off until she was 27.
“The social media. Scrolling through Instagram and just seeing beautifully smooth faces, not really realizing, how many filters somebody could use but just making me feel so bad about myself,” said Smith.
So, for the last year, she’s been taking care of those fine lines.
“I’ve had a couple Botox in my forehead, and I’ve had my crow’s feet done and a little filler around my mouth,” said Smith.
It may seem extreme but at Advanced Cosmetic and Laser Center in Hyde Park, plastic surgeon Jon Mendelsohn was seeing so many younger patients, he opened another office just to keep up with the demand from the younger generation.
“We’re seeing it in millennials. We’re seeing it in some of the Gen Zs. I don’t think it works for every 18-year-old. Nor do I think most 18-year–old’s want it. But as people move through college years and they’re working, image is important,” said Mendelsohn.
Mendelsohn looks at Botox like sunscreen. He said it’s not a sales pitch — it’s proven.
Preventing deep wrinkles before they start really works, he said. It’s called prejuvenation.
Mendelsohn said when you use a muscle over and over again, it creates a memory crease or a wrinkle. He said if patients started using Botox or a filler years ago, those lines would not be so deep.
Mendelsohn knows there are critics out there who think that age group is just too young to be changing their looks.
“Part of me believes that if these procedures are performed in individuals that are too young and not mature, I’m not an advocate. But in the right candidate, in patients doing it for the right reasons, I’m all for it,” said Mendelsohn.
Both Leclerc and Smith are not only happy with their decision, they love the results.
“I think what we see in ourselves is always a little different than what other people see. So, if it’s a little Botox here and there that makes you feel more confident, I think that’s a great thing,” said Leclerc.
And Smith agrees.
“I think just do what makes you feel good. To me, if it’s going to prevent it in the long run and make me feel good now, it’s just a no-brainer for me,” said Smith.
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All of us would love to turn back the clock if we could. Look younger but now 20 and 30 year olds even some teenagers believe it or not, are looking for the fountain.
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All right so blame social media or the endless selfies ahh right, whatever it is, plastic surgeons are seeing a huge increase in Millennials even Gen-Z’s looking to erase those unwanted lines.
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How many times have you looked in the mirror and thought oh where did that come from. Or I wish I could get rid of those. That’s exactly what Maxwell LeClair thinks. But he’s only 29.
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Just basically in the shower getting ready in the morning looking in the mirror and being like Oh God.
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You know like that’s really it’s getting deeper. Those wrinkles in his forehead have bothered him for the last year. He’s a makeup artist who spends his days making others look great. And now he’s ready to make himself feel great too.
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Oh if my parents knew I was doing this they would flip they’d be like What are you talking about. You know you’re so young you don’t need this. But you know that’s it’s a different generation.
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Abbie Smith wanted to turn to Botox and fillers at 25, she held off until she was 27.
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The social media scrolling through Instagram and seeing just like beautifully smooth faces not really realizing how many filters somebody could use but just making me feel so bad about myself.
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So for the last year she’s been taking care of those fine lines.
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So I’ve had a couple Botox in my forehead and then I’ve had my crow’s feet and a little filler around me just like my mouth.
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It may seem extreme but at advanced cosmetic and Laser Center plastic surgeon Jon Mendelsohn we’re seeing so many younger patients. We’re seeing it in Millennials we’re seeing it and even some of the Gen Z’s. He opened another office just to keep up with the demand from the younger generation.
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I don’t think it works for every 18 year old or do I think most 18 year olds want it but as people start moving on maybe and I’m saying this generally but as people start moving maybe through college years and their working, image is important.
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Dr. Mendelsohn looks at Botox like sunscreen. He says it’s not just a sales pitch. It’s proven preventing deep wrinkles before they start really works. It’s called prejuvenation.
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You see the way some of these. There’s a little bit of a memory crease here. Yeah. So I’ve got the same thing. It’s from using it over and over again that he started earlier maybe five years ago. Those lines certainly wouldn’t be as deep.
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But what do you say to the critics out there who say this is too young we’re going too far.
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Part of me believes that if these procedures and treatments are performed in individuals that are too young and not mature I am not an advocate for it in the right candidate in patients doing things for the right reasons. I’m all for it.
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Both Maxwell and Abby are not only happy with their decision. They love the results.
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I think what we see in ourselves is always a little different than what other people see you know looking in. So if it’s a little you know Botox here and there that makes you feel a little bit more confident. I think that’s a great thing.
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I think just do what makes you feel good.
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This to me if it’s going to prevent it in the long run and make me feel good now there’s just no it’s a no brainer for me.
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The fountain of youth even making young people look young.
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So I think the problem is when we think of plastic surgery and botox we think the movie stars who have gone through the wind tunnel. The truth of the matter is it can be so subtle and it can help. So if you have the money and it’s subtle and they can improve your confidence why not.
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And that’s what I think Dr. Mendelsohn would say. The other thing is with him, what I think you need to do your research and go around back in person no matter what age. The one thing I will say done all sorts of stories with Dr. Mendelsohn and his team. He never pushes people to do more things that might be wrong but what I mean he just people coming to him and. If they see him and if they seem mature enough, well enough upstairs then. Then. He’ll go through with it.
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