BEAUTY&STYLE Published November30, 2014 By Staff Writer

Selfies Linked to Increased Demand in Plastic Surgery

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Social media has changed not only our way of communication but also social dynamics. For example, there are more people who are choosing to improve their looks via surgery, no thanks to selfies.

What is a selfie? A selfie is a photo taken of yourself. Although it may sound like any other picture taken, it actually plays a huge emphasis on looks and body image as many want to look real good in these photos.

And what do they do? They go to either makeup artists to help them hide those blemishes and other skin imperfections or surgeons who they think can enhance their appearance and correct certain issues.

In a recent study conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, about 1 in every 3 doctors who participated in the survey confessed that they saw a growing number of clients who wanted changes done on their face and body due to social media. This eventually increased rhinoplasty procedures(sometimes called a nose job) by 10% between 2012 and 2013. More people are also considering an eyelid surgery to make them appear less sleepy or hair transplants.

Interestingly, more women are also requesting for a hand lift, which is basically like lifting or tightening the skin in the hands so they'll look more youthful-and better looking when they want to show off that engagement ring in pictures.

Most of these requests came from men and women who are under 30 years old, which is another evidence that social media does play a huge part for the increased demand.

Many doctors, however, do say no to such desire for certain procedures. This is because photos themselves do not reflect reality-in other words, angles can get distorted in photos sometimes, which can affect how your face or body appears. For example, standing in an angle with your hands on your hips can make you look slimmer.  

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