Social media selfies driving facial cosmetic surgery

facial cosmetic surgery in selfies

Social media is all around us; from our phone and tablets, to computers and laptops, from articles in newspapers and reports in the news, we are constantly interacting with images and posts from social media.

Most of us also choose to actively engage with at least one social media platform such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and, for some of us, it is the first thing we do when we wake up in the morning and the last thing we look at before bed. Love it or hate it, there’s very little chance you can escape it.

Social media gives us access like never before to friends, peers and celebrities, showing off what they regard to be their best assets. Throw in some flattering camera angles and a filter or two, and you have the perfect storm of trying to create the perfect look.

Continued growth in procedures inspired by the selfie

Cosmetic surgeons are really noticing the difference. They are seeing many more patients citing the desire to look better in ‘selfies’ (the popular arm’s length photos typically taken with your smartphone).

Interestingly, according to a report published recently by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), this has grown exponentially, with 55% of facial plastic surgeons reporting patients in 2017 wanting to look better in selfies. This is a trend that has been growing year on year, and all indications suggest that this is likely to continue.

This craze is really appealing to the younger market too. Previously, facial surgery tended to be favoured by older people who were keen to try and mitigate the ageing process. Nowadays, if people desire a certain look they are keen to get it – and cosmetic surgery can be the solution.

Designing the perfect look – but maintaining a ‘natural’ appearance overall

So which procedures are people looking for in their pursuit for looks that they feel are more desirable? From fuller lips, to a smoother forehead, more defined cheeks to less visible wrinkles, the younger generation is keen to achieve the perfect ‘selfie’ look, but interestingly, they still wish the end result to look natural.

The report by AAFPRS suggests that “no matter the treatment, a natural-looking outcome is paramount for patients, with 33 percent stating a fear of looking unnatural as their top concern”.