We all want to look our best in photos, especially if those photos are posted on the internet for everyone to see. Selfies have become a popular form of expression in social media. So much so, that it may not be a surprise that plastic surgeons are reporting an increase in the requests for procedures to improve our looks.
According to a poll of 2,700 members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), one in three facial plastic surgeons saw an increase in plastic surgery requests due to patients being more aware of their image in social media.
Aafprs.org reported that between 2012 and 2013 they saw a 10 percent rise in nose jobs, a 7 percent rise in hair transplants, and a 6 percent rise in eyelid surgery.
"Social platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and the iPhone app Selfie.im, which are solely image based, force patients to hold a microscope up to their own image and often look at it with more self-critical eye than ever before," said Dr. Edward Farrior, president of the academy, in a news release.
Desiring a more positive image is not just influenced by still photos of ourselves. People may keep noticing their own image moving in the lower box when they skype or use facetime. The position of the camera in their laptop or phone often causes chins to look less flattering if the person is looking down.
“Internet dating and Facebook dating has really changed how people approach what they want to look like,” said Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, a high-end plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, as reported on Digitaltrends.com.
He discussed how people come in with their Facebook photo and want to know what he can do to improve their appearance. Dr. Ellenbogen said that he uses computer software to show them what changes he can make.
Dr. Robert K. Sigal, a Virginia-based plastic surgeon, has even gone one step farther and coined the term “FaceTime Facelift”. He described to Digitaltrends.com how he developed a special technique to hide the crease line under the chin that comes from the procedure so isn’t seen when using a phone’s camera.