plastic surgery demand driven by selfie obsession
About 80 women)
She usually wants herself to look a little younger or she will want the best version of her basic appearance.
This may mean lifting of the face or neck, lifting of the eyelids, lifting of the eyebrows, lifting of the skin
Re-surface treatment or injection of Botox.
\"What do you recommend? \" she’d ask.
This is the work I expect to do in my career, and these are the consultations I expect to give.
According to our records in the office, my average patient today is 38 or 39 years old.
She will focus on a specific \"defect\" and often know what program she wants.
She must have a crooked nose, or her chin is too small (or large)
Or drooping her eyebrows. \"I need a tip --
She would say, \"plastic surgery.
Rhinoplasty at the end of the nose.
These patients are not very realistic about my achievements.
Even if their facial structure doesn\'t look like her nose, they ask for Kim Kardashian\'s nose.
There is a reason for this rapid and radical change: selfie. The self-
The photos distort the confidence of many young people in disturbing ways.
They came to my office and showed me the selfie and pointed (say)
Completely normal change
Usually, they search online until they find someone with a similar \"problem\" that he fixed with surgery.
A survey of members of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons last year found that social media can drive the need for plastic surgery more than any other social impact: more than television, film, or magazine photography, this is the effect I heard from the patient before.
People just spend more time looking at themselves. in an online environment, objectionable comparisons are inevitable.
But selfies also mislead people\'s looks.
The smartphone camera gets better every year, but photos taken at arm length or distance usually produce a \"fisheye\" effect: anything in the center of the photo is larger and things on the periphery are smaller.
A study published last year in the Journal of Facial Plastic Surgery in JAMA found that selfies would make the nose look 30 bigger than it was.
Academic psychologists have found that the more people who use social media sites, the more they think about what they call their shortcomings.
The first thing I did in the consultation was to take pictures from a reasonable distance with professional lighting.
This has convinced me that hundreds of potential patients have no reason to have surgery.
A young lady, who I have had rhinoplasty on her, forwarded a selfie with a note that says her eyebrows in an unflattering way
She attached a photo of Kylie Jenner and said she wanted her eyebrows to look like Jenner\'s.
But she took a selfie from an unusually high angle.
Before moving on, I convinced her to look at some standard photos and she decided not to do the job.
Media often suggest that plastic surgery has exploded in recent years, but the evidence is mixed. More than 1.
8 million surgical procedures
Breast augmentation, plastic surgery and liposuction
It was in the United States. S. in 2018.
According to the Association of Plastic Surgeons, this figure has risen by 1 percentage point since 2017, but has fallen by 5 percentage points since 2000. Long-
In terms of minimally invasive surgery, term growth is more significant, such as soft surgery
Tissue filling and chemical peel.
Nearly 16 million such procedures were completed in 2018
It grew by 2 percentage points over 2017, but more than doubled since 2000.
The data does confirm that patients are getting younger: last year, members of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and reconstruction surgery reported an increase in the number of patients under 30.
People think plastic surgeons are very eager to do business and we love it when patients look at themselves and don\'t like what they see.
But I refuse more patients than I accept. On many days —
When I urge people to consider whether the new nose they have always dreamed of will really change how they feel about themselves --
I am more like a psychologist than a surgeon.
About six months ago, a woman came to my office and asked me to fix the nose job she thought was doing badly.
I asked for a picture before the operation.
I was very shocked when I saw it and I had to sit down and stabilize myself.
The nose was completely formed before the operation.
The woman convinced herself that it was flawed and now felt painful about the outcome.
I refuse to do further work because her gaze on her nose seems to be excessive and I doubt she will be satisfied whatever I do.
Don\'t get me wrong.
I will work with people to help them look the best.
The young-looking patient from the neck told me they couldn\'t wear V-
Neck shirts, because their lower neck revealed their age, I developed a \"neck gather\" procedure to help solve the problem and further expand the benefits of neck tuck.
Yes, the selfies of these people may look better, and it\'s a pleasant side --effect.
There is a good line between such requests and self-obsessed requests.
But the truth is that selfies provide inaccurate feedback about how we look and often make people feel bad about themselves.
Plastic surgeons should not cheer.
Daria Hamrah is a facial beauty surgeon at Va McLean Nova Surgicare. —