Facial Plastic Surgeon Discusses the Rising Trend of Selfies and Plastic Surgery Among Millennials


New reports reveal that many doctors have noticed the selfie trend among the millennial group, the generation born after 1980 ages 18-30, has also prompted a rise in plastic surgery among the age group. Dr. Kevin Sadati discusses the rising trend as well as cautions millennials to maintain realistic expectations.

The “selfie” is a popular type of photo one takes of one’s self. They are everyway, including all over the Internet and social media sites. The trend is so common that many have termed it the “self portrait of millennials.” According to millennials, the most important thing about a selfie is to look good. These unique pictures have become a way the millennial generation is documenting itself, gauging popularity and trends, and even making friends. However, some doctors feel that the selfie phenomenon maybe going too far. While millennials may love the selfie trend, it is concerning to some doctors because they believe the selfie trend is turning into an obsession.

Dr. Kevin Sadati, Medical Director of Orange County’s Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, “many of the social platforms millennials use, including Instagram and Snapchat, are solely image based which forces users to hold a microscope up to their own image. This often forces users to look at themselves with a more self-critical eye than they had before the trend developed.”

According to the annual AAFPRS Survey,  the ‘selfie’ trend has increased the demand for facial plastic surgery. The rise in millennials opting for cosmetic surgery is driving demand for procedures like rhinoplasty (nose jobs), otoplasty (ear pinning), BOTOX®, fat grafting and dermal fillers. According to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in 2011, just under 800,000 cosmetic procedures were performed in the U.S. on people in their 20s. The report reveals that this is an increase of six percent from 2010. ASPS also reports that since 2000, the total number of cosmetic procedures has risen 87 percent over all.

Looking at the numbers, Dr. Sadati concludes that, “some young people feel bad about how they look and get the idea that if they change how they look, their lives are going to be better. While this is not always the case, plastic surgery can improve a patient’s look and give him or her a self-esteem boost which could affect other areas of the patient’s life.”

However, Dr. Sadati cautions that younger people are more susceptible to “celebrity culture” in the media, with images of stars creating unrealistic expectations of what a person should look like. He states, "I see many people coming into my office saying, ‘I saw a selfie of myself and I hated it. I need you to fix it.' While plastic surgery can improve a patient’s look and even self-esteem, it is important to have realistic expectations."
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