Is Social Media leading to an increase in Plastic Surgery?

Social Media is all around us. Most people have Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts and this is leading to an increase in plastic surgery procedures. The connection may at first confuse you, but it is not so far-fetched. Many of these social media sites focus on photographs. We are constantly posting photographs of ourself, our friends and families. Whether we like it or not, this is helping to emphasize appearance. Nobody wants to look bad in a photo that is put on Facebook and posted to the world. It naturally makes us self-conscious about our facial and body features because we are seeing them for the first time as others are seeing them.

There has been a steady increase in facial cosmetic procedures over the past two years. This may be due to an improving economy, but I think social media has also played a powerful role. I see people everyday in my office requesting cosmetic surgery on their face, specifically because they don’t like the way they look in photographs. They commonly say things like, “I never knew how big my nose looked, or how small my chin is.” This is especially true in individuals who rely on social media for their business. They need to put their best face forward. It is important for your photograph to look good in your LinkedIn profile.

The most common procedures are rhinoplasty, chin augmentation, and neck liposuction. These are the body parts that seem to show most prominently in photographs. These are also the features that appear distorted when using video chat services like Skype and FaceTime. Because of the angle of the web camera, your nose naturally looks bigger, and your chin usually appears with a “double-chin”, even if one doesn’t really exist.

Some people are even motivated by competitiveness. People have always wanted to look better than their old high school classmates and ex-boyfriends/girlfriends. But you really only had to worry about this during reunions which is why many people undergo cosmetic procedures in anticipation of major reunions. Now, you can constantly see your old high school classmates in Facebook photographs, and they can see you! This may also help explain the increase in body contouring procedures.

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