There was a recent study released in March this year suggesting that the rise of the selfie culture is increasing the demand for plastic surgery. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), 1 in 3 plastic surgeons surveyed saw an increase in requests as a result of people being more of aware of how they look in social media.
“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,” says Edward Farrior, MD, President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. “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.”
Doctors have had patients use selfies as a means to point out where they think they need improvements. Luckily, some doctors have had to decline such requests because of the distorted image associcated with selfies that do not give an accurate representation of a person’s face.
“We all will have something wrong with us on a selfie image,” said Sam Rizk, a plastic surgeon based in Manhattan who specializes in rhinoplasty. “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.” Rizk also pointed out that despite the increasing trend in aesthetic surgical procedures; plastic surgery is not for everyone. He also said that excessive selfies is an indication of self-obsession and insecurity that many young people have.
What are your thoughts? Do you find yourself being more cynical about your looks with the rise in social media? I sometimes find that I’ll like a picture of myself, but if I stare at it long enough, I’ll start seeing distorted views and pin point a bunch of flaws I never saw in myself before. I love the global reach and speed of information transfer that comes with social media, but we can’t help but get caught up in this web of narcissism. Most of us have at one point been guilty of it, myself included.
That being said, the selfie culture can be a good thing too! Right now, #StopDropSelfie and #StopDropSelfieForMS are trending. #StopDropSelfieforMS is to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis, a disabling disease of the central nervous system, where you basically have 5 minutes to drop everything, take a selfie, share, nominate 3 others and of course donate. So in honour of the #StopDropSelfieForMS, I’m donating to the cause. So if you’re going to #selfie, why not take a moment to donate here.