Selfies are certainly popular among young women, but are they also driving them to get plastic surgery? One survey says yes.
The selfie craze may be driving up the demand for facial plastic surgery, at least according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
One in three AAFPRS surgeons said they’ve seen a rise in requests because patients aren’t satisfied with the way they look in selfies and other pictures posted on social media, a survey revealed.
“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 a more self-critical eye than ever before,” AAFPRS president Edward Farrior said in a release. “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.”
The organization reported a 10% increase in nose jobs in 2013, a 7% rise in hair transplants and a 6% jump in eyelid surgery.
More than half of the AAFPRS members said they saw rise an increase in facial cosmetic surgery procedures and injections like Botox among people younger than 30.
Men and women commonly look to freeze the aging process or alter their appearances through rhinoplasty and Botox, according to the poll. Hyaluronic acid injections are also popular with both sexes.
This is the latest theory on the possible impacts of selfies. Some believe they are empowering and boost teenagers’ self-esteem. Others say the modern version of a self-portrait is just a cry for help. And there are those who say selfies help us get a clearer idea of our identity.