Could Social Media Make You More Likely to Have Plastic Surgery?

By on January 31, 2015 under Plastic Surgery, rhinoplasty, Social Media

Could Social Media Make You More Likely to Have Plastic Surgery?In major cities throughout the United States, including Los Angeles, Miami, and even Cleveland, cosmetic surgery is on the rise. Many surgeons like myself believe the dramatic growth in facial surgeries is due to society’s increasing obsession with social media. The growing trend of “selfies” and the widespread use of picture-sharing sites such as Instagram and Facebook have added to the increasing focus on personal appearance. People who share images of themselves on these sites are more likely to obsess over their features, focusing on insecurities and flaws. The photos posted on social media also serve as a first impression for potential “friends” and employers as well, furthering the desire to appear fresh-faced and youthful.

In fact, 31% of doctors polled by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reported that their patients listed social media as the main reason they became interested in receiving cosmetic surgery. Because people are unable to avoid seeing pictures of themselves online, they begin to notice flaws they might not have been aware of before. The problem with smartphone images, however, is that they are taken from a short distance with a flat camera, which is not a universally flattering angle. These images are also often subject to poor lighting and high angles, which can cast shadows and even enhance or exaggerate flaws.

When I sit down with patients, I always address the reasons they believe they need plastic surgery. We also go over the different options available, including invasive surgeries such as rhinoplasty or minimally invasive procedures such as injectables and lasers. This will also help determine the finished look a patient is hoping to achieve. For example, patients in the West Coast usually prefer a very “done” look, while in places such as Cleveland, cosmetic surgery is used for a more natural, enhanced appearance.

If you are interested in learning whether or not you are a good candidate for plastic surgery, schedule a consultation with us today. I am always happy to discuss options and procedures with patients at my Cleveland cosmetic surgery practice. Call today and get started!