Are “Selfies” Leading to More Cosmetic Surgery Procedures?


Holding your smartphone or camera out at arm’s length, pointing it back at yourself and snapping the perfect self-portrait is the Holy Grail of social media profile pictures. Although clearly the goal is to get a fun, semi-candid profile picture, sometimes the results turn out less than flattering. Has this recent reinvention of self-image led to an increase in appointments with plastic surgeons?

The 'Facebook Facelift'

Since the explosion of social media sites, an entirely new set of beauty standards now applies. The goal is no longer to just look great in person or even spruce up a few grey hairs and wrinkles before a special event like a wedding or high school reunion. Instead, more men and women are visiting day spas with the specific request that surgeons help them look better online.

Many of these men and women are from a much younger demographic than the average plastic surgery patient. The phenomenon of more young people seeking cosmetic procedures has been dubbed the “Facebook Facelift,” which in and of itself shows the influence that social media has over appearances.

Snapping “selfies” isn’t the only risk factor when it comes to unflattering online photos, either. The ever-present cell phone camera means no one is safe from a terrible picture at any time (and usually in hi-def to boot). What was once a casual beach party is now an opportunity for poorly lit shots that seem to catch all the least attractive angles and most unbecoming poses...which will then be plastered all over timelines and Twitter feeds the next morning for the whole virtual world to see. This pressure adds another layer of incentive for men and women to try and look their best around the clock.

The Profile Pick-Me-Up

While more cosmetic patients are citing social media as a primary motivation for seeking aesthetic procedures, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re booking appointments for major surgery. In fact, the majority of cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States are nonsurgical or minimally invasive, designed to make minor improvements rather than deliver a total makeover. Some quick fixes to freshen up a less-than-flattering profile pic include BOTOX® Cosmetic, injectable fillers and resurfacing procedures. BOTOX® Cosmetic targets the facial muscles responsible for the repetitious expressions and movements that cause dynamic wrinkles, especially around the eyes and forehead. Injectable fillers can be used to fill in minor facial scars, minimize deeper lines and wrinkles or add volume to thin lips for more definition. And finally, resurfacing treatments like microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing and chemical peels can ensure flawless, beautiful skin that will look great in photos, even those makeup-free candid shots.

A New Perspective

Looking at a photo of yourself that was taken when you least expected it really does offer a very different perspective compared to looking at a posed photo when you were prepared, and can feel far more embarrassing when shared online for everyone to see. This new point of view is one reason that so many surgeons are seeing more requests for cosmetic procedures that result in more aesthetically pleasing social media profile pictures. Even if you’re not a huge fan of Facebook, Twitter or other social media platforms, there’s definitely no denying that there’s a lot of pressure to look your best whether online or off. Cosmetic procedures can offer the ideal solution to help you feel confident about your appearance, even when you’re captured by an unexpected candid shot.

Title: Are Plastic Surgeons Seeing More Patients Due to 'Selfies?'

Desc: Raleigh day spas and plastic surgeons are seeing an increase in patients who are interested in cosmetic surgery procedures because of how they look on social media sites.

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Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon