Selfie trend raises demand for Cosmetic Surgery, finds US professional body
11 March 2014The rise in 'selfies' is leading more people to contemplate Cosmetic Surgery, a survey has found. 2,700 professional members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) found about one in eight (13 per cent) identified increased photo sharing and people's dissatisfaction with the images posted by themselves and friends on social media as major drivers of enquiries about Surgical procedures and Non-Surgical treatments. "Social platforms like Instagram [and] Snapchat which are solely image-based force patients to hold a microscope up to their own image and often look at it with a more self-critical eye than ever before," said AAFPRS President, Dr Edward Farrior. Social media was also said to be responsible for increasing the number of under 30-year-olds undergoing Cosmetic Surgery and Non-Surgical treatments. Almost four in 10 of the survey's respondents said they were carrying out more Non-Surgical treatments, as people seek to delay having a procedure such as a Facelift. Women accounted for more than four out of every five procedures and treatments carried out by AAFRPS members in 2013, three-quarters of which were minimally invasive, including the likes of Botox and Skin Peels. The rise in those enquiring about available procedures prompted Dr Farrior to advise: "To ensure the best results, you should have a consultation with your prospective physician to assess your candidacy and clearly discuss your goals." -Has a recent selfie led you to consider enhancing your looks? Let us know on Twitter.