Today’s population of adolescents and young adults aren’t the only ones loving the new trend of ‘selfies’. The facial plastic surgery industry has been hugely impacted by this new trend according recent studies. The study apparently revealed that one in three facial plastic surgeons surveyed received more requests for plastic surgery based on clients being more conscious of their physical appearance in the social media arena. In fact, it appears that the increased photo sharing and personal dissatisfaction with one’s image on social media sites as a rising trend. As one of the top plastic surgeons in Orange County, I hear clients frequently mention their dissatisfaction of their appearance on social media as a motivator for procedures like rhinoplasties, hair transplants and eyelid surgeries.
These social platforms force individuals to constantly see reflections of themselves especially in relation to others. It’s like holding a microscope up to a self-critical eye over and over. These images are also often the first impressions people put out there for potential romantic interests, friends and employers. Sadly, bullying is also a factor and surveyed plastic surgeons did report children and teens often undergo plastic surgery as a result of being bullied and a few do it to prevent being bullied.
When choosing a facial plastic surgeon, you don’t want to trust your face to just anyone. There is a wealth of information available on the Internet. As one of the top plastic surgery practice in the Orange County area, we love that our clients are able to obtain education about plastic surgery on the internet but as with anything, beware of those “too good to be true” advertisements out there. We are deeply concerned about the safety of our clientele and community and would hate to have one of our own fall prey to an unqualified con-artist. Always, always, always make sure to select a board-certified surgeon who specializes in plastic surgery of the face, head and neck.