The ‘Facebook Facelift’ – is social media one of the reasons for an increase in plastic surgery?

18 July 2012

The growth of social media websites could be leading to an increase in the number of people who want to undergo plastic surgery. Triana Lavey, a 37-year-old television producer from Los Angeles, told ABC News that she hated how she appeared in pictures and videos on websites such as Facebook and Skype.In particular, she was unhappy with what she described as a “weak chin” – something she said she had not even noticed ten years ago before social media began its rise to prominence. "I think that social media has really changed so much about how we look at ourselves and judge ourselves,” Ms Lavey stated. Her appearance was bothering her so much that she decided to undergo plastic surgery to change the shape of her face, a procedure that involved fat grafting and a rhinoplasty. She now feels much more confident about the way she looks and is happy to be tagged in photographs online. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons notes that chin augmentations have increased by 71 per cent over the past year – a procedure that has now become known as the Facebook Facelift. See original story here: