We all know what the infamous #selfie is. You take a photo of yourself, you upload it and you share it online. It is a way to share what you look like, convey your personality, and show off any cool locations in the process. As the modern media so often does, it would appear that the “selfie” is causing more women to seek out plastic surgery than ever before.
The Survey Conducted By the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
A new survey, conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, has come out detailing that younger and younger patients are coming to plastic surgeon’s offices in hopes of looking better for social media including the so-called “selfie” photos.
The Facts and Statistics.
The study reported surprisingly significant increases in plastic surgery all in the name of the selfie. Plastic surgeons (more than 50% of those surveyed) reported that they saw an increase in the desire for plastic surgery (thanks to social media) among younger patients such as teens and 20s.
Plastic surgeons have also seen a 10% rise in nose jobs, 7% rise in hair transplants, and a 6% rise in eyelid surgery. Apparently, women are more likely to want eye lifts or face lifts whereas men are more likely to want to hold onto their hair and eliminate wrinkles. Additionally, many women under 30 ask for lip injections in order to make their lips seem more appealing.
So why do they want it? What is it about social media that pressures younger and younger women to turn to plastic surgery?
It’s fairly simple when it comes to the “why” for many women. In the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery study, the researchers found that women are coming in younger and younger for plastic surgery procedures because they are concerned about their image online. They want to put their best face forward as they look for romantic partners, friends, and new career opportunities.
When people are using various social media platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat to send selfie-based photos of themselves, they have a desire to make sure that they are attractive in each shot even if the shot has a “silly” or playful theme. The extra critical eye placed on the photos because they are individual and up close also cause many younger women to consider plastic surgery options. While there is nothing wrong with plastic surgery, it is often not the best choice for patients who are so young.
If you have questions about the impact social media is playing on women and men in their plastic surgery quests, you can read more at the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. If you have additional questions about the procedures mentioned here or would like to learn more about your own plastic surgery options, please schedule a personal consultation at any of our four office locations in Frisco TX, Dallas TX, Plano TX, and McKinney TX.
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Dr. Jeff Angobaldo is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon located in Plano, TX