Selfies and Rhinoplasty Surgery


Impact of SelfiesSince the introduction of social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and Tumblr, Selfies have become increasingly more popular. A selfie is a self-portrait that is generally taken with a camera phone and shared via social media. The two age groups most likely take Selfies are 18-24 and 25-35. As people strive to have the most “liked” selfie, it becomes a trend to take the “perfect” picture to generate popularity.

Impact of Selfies and Rhinoplasty SurgeryToday, there are three main resources where people gather information on Rhinoplasty Surgery. These resources include referrals, online, and social media. Referrals will always remain a strong resource because they typically come from an individual you know who may have had the procedure. If you like their results and they enjoyed their experience then you would be more likely to see the same physician. Referrals are a trusted source of information. Online resources give you tremendous access to information, patient experiences and photos of rhinoplasty surgery. Many prospects for rhinoplasty surgery use reviews and examples of doctors’ previous work to help determine which doctor they want to proceed with. Going online was today’s ultimate resource in finding out what type of nasal procedure you wanted done until “Social Media” came to light.

Importance of Social Media and SelfiesNow let’s discuss the impact of social media and nasal surgery. In recent years, social media has had a huge increase in activity and has created an easy to use platform for people to view themselves and others. Selfies are driving society today and creating a competition and awareness for people to look the best they possibly can. These images are presented to the online world and people set a standard for themselves of how they should look. As people view images of themselves and others online, they also try to enhance their own facial features. This can be done using different angles, cameras and filters, but in reality its just not enough for everyone. The number one concern that people have is the appearance of their nose. Many people, especially the hip younger crowd, are looking for an edge to create a picture-perfect face and share it with the world. Shaving down a nasal bump or straightening a twisted nose can make the face look more symmetric from all directions. People want to have the most followers, likes, and viewers of their photos because they feel more popular and self-confident. Unfortunately, the more pictures an individual takes the greater the chances that they are going to find something wrong with the way they look. Rhinoplasty surgery may be able to correct a perceived negative feature you have with your nose.

The Importance of AppearanceWe all look at ourselves in the mirror every day. Now with selfies, many people will be checking their looks almost daily. We are now more aware of our best angles and what lighting we look good in than ever before. Everyone knows which is their “good-side” for pictures. Before going to college or getting married many people want to make sure that the things they don’t like about their photos are corrected. It can also be uncomfortable for people to feel the need to explain why their college or wedding photos have a different shaped nose. Fortunately, we are in an age where if there is something we don’t like about our photos we are able to change them.
Doctors are continuing to see a significant increase in patients who would like to change the shape of their nose, especially with people under the age of 35. It makes sense that those who are most plugged-in to social media would be most aware of national trends and most affected by them. As images of ourselves become more available on social media, the trends of rhinoplasty on both men and women will very likely continue to grow. The “Selfie” looks like it has become and will continue to be an important part of our culture for the foreseeable future.
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Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon