Over the years, plastic surgery patients have asked surgeons for celebrity-like features, from Angelina Jolie’s lips to Jennifer Garner’s defined jaw to Beyoncé’s flawless skin. Today, people are going in a more realistic direction, bringing in slightly filtered photos of themselves.
“Now people are coming in with Instagram filters,” San Francisco-based plastic surgeon Jonathan Kaplan explained to ABC News.
The photo editing app has contributed to a new plastic surgery trend, in which patients ask their surgeons to alter their appearances slightly to make them look like the filtered selfies they take on Instagram. The Willow filter defines faces, while the Earlybird filter gives them a warmer and softer glow.
San Francisco based personal assistant Janet Ross told ABC News that she liked the way the Amaro filter improved her photos.
“All of a sudden, I was like, ‘Wow, I could totally post this, because I think I look really good,’” the 47-year-old commented to ABC News.
She asked her surgeon to imitate the filter but with more permanent results.
“I had the fillers in the sides here and on the lips a little, then Botox all around here,” Ross explained to ABC News.
Kaplan commented that he has been able to help many patients go for the Instagram filter look without going under the knife.
“The patients coming in with the filters for Instagram are mostly concerned with wrinkles around their mouth, complexion and different blemishes, dark spots or red spots and that’s great for them, because you don’t really need any surgical procedure,” Kaplan explained to ABC News.
Psychiatrists claim that this selfie-fueled plastic surgery craze could be dangerous.
“Filters are something special that are designed for a camera, not a plastic surgeon’s fingers,” Calabasas, California-based psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser told ABC News.
However, Ross says she has no regrets.
“I feel way more confident,” Ross commented to ABC News. “I don’t need the filters anymore.”