PSC Media Wire

Is the Selfie Driving New Plastic Surgery?

Is the Selfie Driving New Plastic Surgery?

The social media selfie obsession isn’t going away. With all that snapping and posting, there’s bound to be plenty of not-so-flattering looks revealed in close-up candids. In response, some people are deciding to fix the fine lines, wrinkles, bald spots and misshapen noses they don’t like in their selfie snapshots. A desire to look good on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter may be the driving force behind a rise in visits to the plastic surgeon, and a new generation is leading the push.

Selfie Surge = Awareness

There’s no debating that the selfie craze is giving a big boost to the business of beauty. People yearn to look good when they post to social media and that’s prompting a potential stampede to plastic surgery offices across the country. Published reports quote a new survey that reveals about half of all patients seeking a cosmetic procedure say they want to look better on social media.

Social media selfie.

It’s a number that isn’t surprising to Dr. Ned Snyder, a board certified plastic surgeon in Austin. “Social media does impact a lot of people and that’s what they come in, complaining about,” he shares. Snyder says many people tell him they want to look better on social media. The report from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) which surveyed 2700 of it’s members, indicates an increasing number of Millennials are seeking procedures.

Snyder sees the steep rise in younger people, and even some a bit older, who in large part want to improve their profile pictures. “What they are looking at is facial aging in people 35-45 and it’s people who didn’t use to pay attention to aging of the face,” he explains. “I think now they are coming in and complaining about fine lines, or jowling or flattening of face.”

What Should I Tweak?

It’s no longer good enough to look good in person, it’s important to standout online – when posting to social media. The selfie craze is prompting more people to look at their image with a critical eye and determine what improvements will help reflect their best image. In the age of Instagram and Snapchat, even the small imperfections show up. “It’s there, they see that that their nose isn’t where they want it,” says Dr. Rob Whitfield, a board certified plastic surgeon in Austin in practice with Dr. Snyder. Whitfield says the selfie obsession highlights even the smallest defect. “People are identifying a line around the eye, crows feet and even that a lip isn’t full enough.”

The selfie and plastic surgery.

Temporary Fix or Permanent

Millennials are leading the charge to the plastic surgeon. That may be surprising to some, but not far behind are their older counterparts – who are looking for an edge in the corporate world. Appearing attractive in a selfie or a profile picture doesn’t hurt. Baby Boomers are also getting in on the selfie reinvention, using cosmetic surgery. The desire to create a new look can be scary and that’s why some people may feel more comfortable taking smaller steps, with a temporary change. With new technologies, that’s possible.

Liquid rhinoplasty for selfies.

“People will come in now and have hyaluronic acid acid injected in their nose and that will be their temporary look at a change to their nose,” says Whitfield. Dr. Whitfield says later the patient may opt for a rhinoplasty or nose job. “That could be a permanent fix, but down the line.” Overall, experts say the selfie is creating awareness about also learning to appreciate and treasure the image in the camera, imperfections and all.

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

PSC Media Wire

More in PSC Media Wire

Patient Consent Checklist Legislation for Breast Implant Surgery

John HammarleyMay 12, 2021
Board Certified Plastic Surgeons Accept Bitcoin as Payment

Board Certified Plastic Surgeons Accept Bitcoin as Payment

John HammarleyMay 10, 2021
Americans Spent Over $9 Billion On Aesthetic Plastic Surgery In 2020!

Americans Spent Over $9 Billion On Aesthetic Plastic Surgery In 2020!

John HammarleyApril 7, 2021
Breast Implants: The Flat-Chested Fix

Breast Implants: The Fix For ‘Flat-Chested’

Dawn TongishApril 1, 2021

Why Women Want an Athletic Look in Plastic Surgery

Dawn TongishMarch 18, 2021
Plastic Surgery Trends During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Plastic Surgery Trends During the COVID-19 Pandemic

John HammarleyMarch 12, 2021
Instagramming Plastic Surgeons - OK for Patients?

Instagramming Plastic Surgeons – OK for Patients?

John HammarleyMarch 10, 2021
Plastic Surgeon Shares Lessons Learned from the Pandemic

Plastic Surgeon Shares Lessons Learned from the Pandemic

John HammarleyMarch 3, 2021
Plastic Surgeons Share Their Experience with the COVID-19 Vaccines

Plastic Surgeons Share Their Experience with the COVID-19 Vaccines

John HammarleyFebruary 24, 2021