Let me take a selfie: the social media trend inspires a peak in Cosmetic Surgery in under 30s

Let me take a selfie: the social media trend inspires a peak in Cosmetic Surgery in under 30s

Let me take a selfie: the social media trend inspires a peak in Cosmetic Surgery in under 30s

Five years ago a selfie would have been out of place in a Cosmetic Surgery consultation, before the social media phenomenon it was more common for patients to show their surgeon a picture of their favourite celebrity. But as the selfie becomes the reflection we see of ourselves more and more frequently our self-portraits are prompting a peak in Cosmetic Surgeries, especially in people under 30.

A recent study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found an increase of between 6 and 10 per cent in Rhinoplasty, Hair Transplant and Eyelid Reduction procedures between 2012 and 2013. Something they attribute to people wanting to look better in their selfies.

A third of the Surgeons questioned as part of the study reported that patients are more acutely aware of their appearance because of social media.

The findings aren’t limited to a single study, at a recent conference of 600 Cosmetic Surgery professionals from 60 different countries the attendants discussed the relationship between selfies and Cosmetic Surgery.

One conference attendant commented, “We’ve all seen big changes in how people see themselves.” Though he warned, “selfies on the camera are completely different… but we see this image of ourselves so much more than in the mirror. That image that you see with the selfie… gives us this different image that isn’t reality.”

To one Psychology Professor, the recent peak in selfie related Cosmetic Surgeries came as no surprise. “The pressure to portray yourself in a favourable light is huge now, whether it be in pictures or stories you’re posting.” The professor commented.

While Cosmetic Surgery can have hugely positive psychological effects on the patient, it is important to make sure you are undergoing a procedure for yourself and not to keep up with the latest trends – which are likely to change. The Surgeon from the conference agrees, “make sure you’re doing it for yourself because the odds are your friends aren’t going to notice if you don’t tell them… we’re always our own worst critics.”

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