Posted March 31, 2014 in Blog
We live in a visual, digital age with constant feeds of information and images pouring into our phones, tablets, and home computers. Most of us have ended up with numerous photos of ourselves online—from flattering selfies on down to cringeworthy moments. So, can all these images we upload affect how we feel about ourselves, or how others feel about themselves?
The constant connection to social media is creating a “house of mirrors” effect and not everyone is happy about what’s being reflected. There are many social media outlets that allow us to post pictures that we select. But what about those pictures that you didn’t choose to put up? Like the one from your cousin’s wedding… is that a double chin? Or from your best friend’s birthday party… do I really have that many wrinkles?
Statistics are now telling us this type of concern is having a big effect. In the last year, 31% of plastic surgery patients said they wanted to look better on social media sites, according to a Time Magazine report. Some surgeons are even offering gimmicky “Facebook Facelift” specials to keep up with the trend. CBS News also recently reported on the “selfie” surgery trend, stating that between 2012 and 2013 doctors reported a 10% rise in nose jobs, 7% rise in hair transplants and a 6% rise in eyelid surgery.
This might seem like a strange result of social networking but there may be some good coming out of it. The digital age has helped to soften social barriers and allows people an opportunity to talk openly about changes to their appearance, connect through their shared experiences, and educate themselves on the procedures and treatments available.
If you’re feeling that you need to improve your appearance to look better in a photo-saturated world, be sure to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in the area of your concern. At Plastic Surgery Centre of Atlanta, we would love to answer your questions and help you find the appropriate procedure for your needs.