Selfies drive 25 per cent increase in Cosmetic Surgery

Selfies drive 25 per cent increase in Cosmetic Surgery

1 December 2014

As our use of social media has increased, the American Academy of Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) conducted a poll to find out how much of an impact selfies have on Cosmetic Surgery numbers. It found that selfies are responsible for a 25 per cent increase in the number of people undertaking Cosmetic Surgery over the last two years.

When mobile devices are held too close to a person’s face (as is the case when people take selfies), the resulting image can look distorted and end up being an unrealistic portrayal.

This image distortion has led to some Cosmetic Surgeons turning patients away. Manhattan based Dr Sam Rizk said: “I refuse a significant proportion of patients with selfies because I believe it is not a real image of what they actually look like in person.”

Out of the 25 per cent increase in Cosmetic Surgical procedures, it was found that demand for Rhinoplasty has increased by 10 per cent, while Hair Transplants and Blepharoplasty Surgery (Eye Bag Removal) have seen seven and six per cent increases respectively.

So what is it about selfies that cause people to want to undergo Cosmetic Surgery? AAFPRS President Edward Farrior said: “Social platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and the iPhone app, 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.

“These images are often the first impressions young people put out there to prospective friends, romantic interests and employers and our patients want to put their best face forward”.

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