Dr. Joel Schlessinger comments on the rise of plastic surgery due to selfies

You can’t log in to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram without seeing at least one of your friends’ latest selfies. These self-portraits have become more and more popular due to the rise of smartphones and social media sites and are especially popular among teens and young adults. According to studies, there is also a connection between the rise of selfies and an increase in plastic surgeries. Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares an article from Reuters that explains the connection.

The 25% increase in surgeries may be influenced by the rise of selfies, explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

According to the article, there has been a 25% increase in requested surgeries such as rhinoplasty, hair transplants and eyelid lift surgeries over the past two and a half years. A poll by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reveals that one in three surgeons have seen an increase in requests because patients are becoming more aware of their appearance on social media. Individuals are bombarded by pictures of themselves every day on social media sites, which make them more likely to notice what they would like to change about their appearance.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger cautions against using selfies to judge whether you need plastic surgery.

β€œI agree that this is probably a good reason for some people to consider cosmetic surgery,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger. β€œOn the other hand, it isn’t exactly a fair assessment of their face as selfies are often distorted.”

You should discuss with your doctor your options for cosmetic surgery and whether it is right for you. If you are not ready for a procedure, clean makeup and a hint of color to the lips and cheeks can make a big difference in how you look in your selfies.

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Posted Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 3:49 pm
Filed Under Category: Research and Studies
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