Why is social media driving plastic surgery? ASPS expert explains

Posted on July 30, 2013 by

As social media platforms and video chat applications have become more pervasive, plastic surgeons in Miami and beyond have noticed an increase in patients who are specifically interested in looking their best online. In fact, an American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery poll released in March revealed a 31 percent rise in the number of people who cited social media as a motivator during their cosmetic surgery consultation, compared to an identical survey conducted the year before. 

But what is it about video chat and photo-sharing platforms that is driving this upward trend? How can these applications shed light on physical flaws that we don’t see every time we look in the mirror?

According to Dr. Malcolm Roth, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it may be a matter of control.

“When we look in the mirror, we often instinctively tilt our heads in a way that minimizes the tell-tale signs of aging. When you are having a conversation, facial expressions and animation make those unwanted ‘imperfections’ come alive,” he told Digital Trends, an online news outlet.

These imperfections include jowls, creases along the neck and other wrinkles that become more apparent from certain angles. Dr. Roth notes that procedures including eyelid surgery and dermal fillers have become more popular as a result. In addition, the perception of a weak jaw line has also sparked a documented surge in chin implants.

Do you have a physical imperfection that you can’t stop obsessing over? If so, a board-certified Miami plastic surgeon may be able to help. Contact Dr. Christopher Craft today to find out how you can enhance your appearance and boost your self-confidence through cosmetic enhancements.

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