In an age of social media, the pressure to both attain and conform to certain set ideals is becoming a major issue. The considerable increase of ‘selfies’ is having a significant impact on the facial plastic surgery industry according to a new study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).
The cultural emphasis for individuals to maintain physical standard is becoming more and more of an issue with young people who are exposed to social media as a major form of expression or outlet. However, the same standard is starting older generations as well. The study has made claims that a whopping one in three facial plastic surgeons in the survey reported an increase in requests for procedures due to wanting better social media image.
According to the AAFPRS press release, “AAFPRS members surveyed noted a 10 percent increase in rhinoplasty in 2013 over 2012, as well as a 7 percent increase in hair transplants and a 6 percent increase in eyelid surgery.” For young people, plastic surgery options avail personal insecurities and improve perceptions of self-worth.
“Social platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and the iPhone app Selfie.im, which are solely image based, force patients to hold a microscope up to their own image and often look at it with a more self-critical eye than ever before,” states Edward Farrior, MD, President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
“These images are often the first impressions young people put out there to prospective friends, romantic interests and employers and our patients want to put their best face forward.” Consequently, older generations are now using cosmetic surgery as a form of leverage and job security.
As plastic surgery becomes more popular, the acceptance of cosmetic surgery is becoming more common as well. In their report, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery estimated that Americans spent more than $12 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2013.
The stigma that had once been placed on individuals receiving plastic surgery in the world has now been replaced with understanding and even acceptance. Plastic surgery is not for everyone, and nobody should feel they have to receive treatments. However, plastic surgery should also remain available for everybody without a person feeling embarrassed or ashamed about receiving consultation and treatment.
The choice is up to you. If you are interested in receiving plastic surgery and would like to know more about your options, contact one of our representatives. We can arrange for you to meet with a board- certified specialist uniquely qualified to your needs and expectations. Call or contact us today to get started.