A patient’s smartphone and the selfies within are now part and parcel of a typical plastic surgery consultation. Selfies may also contribute to a rapid increase in the volume of plastic procedures done across the country, in ever younger clients.
The rise of social media and constant selfies make people more self-conscious about their appearance. In fact, for many young people, “selfies” may refer as much to self-esteem as it does to photos they’ve taken of themselves. It’s the rare individual who hasn’t posted a selfie and thought, “I look fat,” or “My nose stands out.” For the Gen Xer or Baby Boomer, the reaction is, “I look old.” Everyone wants to look their best in these incessant images, and a little nip-and-tuck is the way to go.
Let’s face it – no pun intended. There are lots of people you now get to know fairly well, but only in the virtual world. That makes attractive selfies increasingly important. If you’re dating or looking for work – situations where you will leave virtuality for reality – a great selfie can make or break a deal.
The selfie is just part of more complex reasons for the popularity of plastic surgery. The practice has lost much of its stigma, and people are more educated about various procedures. Non-invasive techniques make undergoing much plastic surgery easier on patients than a visit to the dentist. Millennials often view plastic surgery as akin to personal hygiene.
There’s no question selfies aid doctors and patients doing online consultations. A client who wants the services of a top plastic surgeon but doesn’t live near the practice can, through the medium of selfies, show the physician exactly what she thinks is wrong with various parts of her body and what she wants done. After the consultation, it’s just a matter of making an appointment and arranging to fly in for the procedure. Not needing an in-person initial consultation saves the client a lot of time and money.
As with any cosmetic procedure, there’s hope and there’s reality. An obese patient might want body sculpting, but she needs a bariatric surgeon, not a plastic surgeon. A potential client might want to look like a gorgeous movie star, but that’s not going to happen.
The selfie culture isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and that’s likely a plus for the cosmetic surgery industry. Just wait for those post-surgery selfies to surface.
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