Is Youth Wasted on Millenials?
“Young patients are very concerned with preventive methods,” says Melissa Doft, a plastic surgeon and clinical assistant professor of surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, who treats some of New York City’s sparkliest specimens. “They always question what they can do to help delay aging and to protect themselves. My first recommendation is to always wear sun protection and to never start smoking.” As Doft’s advice suggests, it can be hard to tell the difference between our pursuit of health for its own sake and the pursuit of health for beauty-enhancing purposes. “Stay out of the sun and don’t smoke” is irreproachable as medical advice, but it’s also the credo of every crow’s-feet-fearing woman I know. Our shopping habits bear this out — 40 percent of millennials either currently use wrinkle creams or plan to start using them soon.