Is the New Digital Age to Blame For the Rise in Plastic Surgery?
In today’s day and age, everything resorts back to the perfect selfie. Whether you’re taking a quick snap of yourself to post on your Instagram account, Facebook profile or Twitter feed, these pictures have to accentuate all of your best features, while leaving you looking flawless. Of course, many people turn to photo editing apps to achieve this look, but what happens when that’s not enough? Plastic surgery, obviously.
Every year, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery conducts a study. In the one that came out this year, it was reported that one in three surveyed doctors have seen an increase in requests for surgery thanks to patients being unhappy with the way they look on social media. Specifically, there was a 10% increase in rhinoplasty between 2012 and 2013, as well as a 7% rise in hair transplants and 6% in eyelid surgery.
These doctors commented that their patients would show up to their offices with selfies that they took, pointing out exactly what parts of the body they think need improvement. According to Dr. Sam Rizk, “I refuse a significant proportion of patients with selfies because I believe it is not a real image of what they actually look like in person.” That’s because, as the Manhattan-based plastic surgeon explains, the selfie does not truly represent one’s face. The selfie is taken in a disorted angle, so it changes a person’s true appearance.
Similar to this, the surgeons noted that most of the requests come from individuals whose lives are defined by social media. Over half of the surgeons surveyed said they saw an increase in procedures performed on people under 30. This is a clear sign that social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are impacting the latest generations, causing the self-esteem in our youth to diminish.
What do you think? Is social media to blame for the rise in plastic surgery or is this increasing trend just a coincidence? Let me know what’s running through your mind by leaving a comment.
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