Would you get plastic surgery to look better on Facebook?

Earlier this year we learned from a study that scanning our “friends’” photos on Facebook can make us feel envious and lonely. And now we learn that social media may be causing an uptick  in plastic surgery.

From Time’s Healthland:

“Now the annual poll from the American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) reports that social media activity may be driving an uptick in plastic surgery requests.

“The survey polled 752 of the AAFPRS’ board-certified facial plastic surgeons on the trends in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. This year, one finding stuck out: surgeons are seeing a 31% increase in plastic surgery requests as a result of how people wanted to present themselves on social media….

“The survey shows that growth in cosmetic plastic surgery outpaces demand for reconstructive procedures. Cosmetic surgery accounted for 73% of all plastic surgery operations in 2012, up from 62% in 2011. Among the more popular procedures are rhinoplasty, Botox and facelifts….”

While the study notes that breast augmentation remains the most popular surgery, removing excess skin from the back of arms has increased 4,378 percent since 2000. A poll indicates that women are more conscious of how celebrities’ arms look, with a majority admiring first lady Michelle Obama’s arms.

It seems pretty extreme to get plastic surgery to look better on Facebook but I do think people are much more aware of having their hair fixed or make up on even during “private family time” because eventually it may be seen by all their “friends.”

For example when families used to go on vacation it didn’t matter if they looked wind-blown or had on a crazy raincoat because it would just be in family photos. But now everyone sees your family photos.

I also think there is a lot of re-shooting of photos and scrolling through photos for the very best shot to post.

So would you get plastic surgery to look better on Facebook? Are you conscious of what you are wearing or how you look during “private family time” because at some point it will probably be shared online? Are you re-shooting or editing photos to look your best?

36 comments Add your comment


May 20th, 2013
3:05 am

Good grief what’s happening to people. I long for a simpler time.



May 20th, 2013
5:19 am

Add this to the long list of reasons why I am not on FB and have no plans to ever be. Really? Plastic surgery to look good on a social media profile? How sad.


May 20th, 2013
6:18 am

Mother of 2

May 20th, 2013
6:20 am

Plastic surgery is such an extreme step. Why not simply touch up the photo? Instagram is great for this very reason, with no side effects or risks to your health.


May 20th, 2013
6:47 am


May 20th, 2013
6:48 am

Please tell me that this is not a serious question, that you are merely being facetious.


May 20th, 2013
6:49 am

No! Anyone that would probably needs a good therapist not a plastic surgeon.


May 20th, 2013
6:52 am

FB has been over-run by the narcissists. I’m always shocked at the level of its intensity as well as the volume.

Van Jones

May 20th, 2013
6:54 am

As is often said tongue-in-cheek: I wish you the life you pretend to have on Facebook.


May 20th, 2013
7:16 am

you have got to be kidding!!! i enjoy looking at family and friends’ photos on facebook. but that’s all they are, photos. facebook is a venue instead of sending as attachments in emails.

plastic surgery to enhance your appearance on facebook is one of the many reasons what is wrong with the world today.

K's Mom

May 20th, 2013
7:19 am

I have no issue with plastic surgery if it is done to freshen your appearance, not completely change it. I have never had any, but if I decided I wanted some at some point and had a procedure it would have nothing to do with facebook! If people would just take care of themselves and smile, they would likely look as good as their peers. I am thankful at 38, I have never been a sun worshiper and my skin shows it. After 2 kids, my figure is a little bigger, but I am still happy with the way i look overall!


May 20th, 2013
7:27 am

How sad and pathetic that you seem to validate yourself on what others think, Seroulsy, I’ve stepped in deeper puddles.

Ron Jeremy

May 20th, 2013
7:34 am


Your efforts on this blog keep getting worse and worse, as evident by today’s posting and the majority of your comments over the last few months. You use to post funny comments about your own life and experiences with your children, however lately it seems as if you just do a Google scan quickly, find something, cut-paste – write a few sentences and post. The effort you display is simply running out of steam and its obvious you are at the end of your creativity.

Second – quit calling your youngest child a “baby” for crying out loud. Let’s go back to reading about how really freaky you are with your neurosis and paranoia towards life, control over every aspect of your kids life and how you dominate Michael with your bizarre personality. Let’s get back to reading about how Theresa is nuts, paranoid of the scary world in which the boogy man is out to steal your children or bad things lurk around every corner. I miss reading about how screwed up a woman you really are the the crazy, insane over controlling beliefs you posses while living in that crematorium of a state known as Arizona. You don’t have to cut-past to have a good blog – just write about your own thoughts and beliefs and we’ll get all the entertainment we need.

Your blog sucks.


May 20th, 2013
7:40 am

These are the percentages of people getting plastic surgery… what’s that compared to the general population? In the article it says, “1.6 million getting cosmetic procedures such as facelifts and rhinoplasty and 13 million receiving less invasive procedures like Botox.”

1.6 million people is .5% of the general population and 13 million is 4% of the population. In other words, the vast majority of people aren’t doing anything and 96% aren’t even doing anything minor that can be done at an hour’s long visit at a day spa.

So what’s that compared to the previous years? A whopping 1.2% increase in the number of people in the general population who had a procedure last year vs. 2011. Sure, that may be great for the plastic surgeons in the US but in reality, there’s been no significant increase in the general population getting plastic surgery. That could probably be attributed to people having more cash flow in 2012 than 2011.

real life

May 20th, 2013
7:53 am

I can always count on your blog for meaningless drivel. A daily guide to raising healthy children without going insane? Few of your posts relate to this topic. I promised myself no more after your blog about discussing the rescued kidnap victims with your children—and that your oldest asked/told you to stop discussing the news with them. Unfortunately, I could not help myself this morning—-train wreck and all that.


May 20th, 2013
7:54 am

Platic surgery for FB? Uh no. I am not that superficial. I would have plastic surgery if I wanted it and could afford it.


May 20th, 2013
8:24 am

this is our topic today? ugh


May 20th, 2013
8:29 am

A 31% increase. That’s up to 3 people from 1 person with a 2% margin of error?


May 20th, 2013
8:31 am

3 people from 2 people….man….I’m starting slow this week.


May 20th, 2013
8:43 am

Why show the pics if you don’t like the way you look in them? Oh, I know…to brag that you went on this amazing vacation. How stupid. And this comes from someone who LOVES Facebook. I gives half of a damn what people think of my appearance on the pics I post. If *I* don’t like the way I look, I don’t post them. I have hyperpigmentation from acne and I don’t like looking like a leopard so I don’t like pics without makeup. It doesn’t make me feel good to look like that so I’m not going to post close-ups of my dalmatian spots. But how someone else feels about it doesn’t determine whether I share them.

Waldo Sighs

May 20th, 2013
9:02 am

Apparently they don’t teach the use of:
Conjunctions and commas at UGA’s skool of journalism

and what’s with the 3 tick quotation mark? friends’”

Techmom: I think you may have helped TWG come up with a couple of blog topics:
Numbers: Friends or Foes?
and Should numbers be printed in different colors in textbooks according to a child’s skin tone?

cool and collected

May 20th, 2013
10:00 am

No; but I would make sure I dressed well and my voice was inviting.

Found this today: What does your voice sound like to others? Is it nasal? Annoying? Abrasive? Confident? Does it reflect you as you wish to be perceived, personally and professionally? See ‘Put Your Best Voice Forward’ at Psych Today: bit.ly/13BEGQ9


May 20th, 2013
10:20 am

‘Too much reliance on what others think. Who would actually be this shallow?


May 20th, 2013
10:24 am

Waldo: I think it is a possessive inside quotation marks.

Common Sense

May 20th, 2013
10:27 am

Plastic surgery will not address the deep personality flaws that plague the majority of Facebook-obsessed people. Stick with Photoshop and save the money.

waldo sighs

May 20th, 2013
10:30 am

catlady, doesn’t look like that’s the case. Looks like TWG attempted to fix it, and got it wrong again.

Friends don’t let their friends waste 4 years and thousands of dollars getting a degree in journalism at UGA.


May 20th, 2013
10:45 am

Hahahahahahahahahahahah! That would be a resounding “NO WAY IN HELL!” I guess there are some who might, but I don’t know anyone who is that obsessed with their looks. At some point, people have to learn to be comfortable in their own skin — the ones who spend thousands of dollars on procedures and peer in the mirror constantly waiting for a new wrinkle aren’t anyone that I would be interested in knowing, anyway — I don’t think we’d have a lot in common. :-)

Logical Dude

May 20th, 2013
11:33 am

I prefer posting pictures RIGHT when I wake up, look grumpy and hung-over. It’s much more interesting than a professional glamour shot.


May 20th, 2013
11:39 am

No and neither should anyone else if this is the sole reason for such.

waldo sighs

May 20th, 2013
12:03 pm

I’m sorry, you are correct on the first friends. TWG got that one correct.


May 20th, 2013
1:27 pm

Hell no..As was already menitoned, if I were to ever have plastic surgery, it would be to make me feel better about myself, not to make others think, oh, look how pretty she is..


May 20th, 2013
1:31 pm

@ cool…someone recently put this on a comment about my presentation….” your voice is very pleasant and calming.” I laughed as my kids and husband have told me, ” Stop bugging us/ stop nagging.” Um…I nag when I have asked you nicely to do things and you do not. Do other families know how to replace the toilet paper and /or paper towels? Mine do not know how to do this. I give up!


May 20th, 2013
1:42 pm

I see more people taking pictures of themselves with their cell phones and posting a new picture sometimes several times a week. Let me tell you these pictures are pretty bad. So my friends do not seem to care what they look like on facebook.


May 20th, 2013
2:13 pm

@Maude, that is what my friends do too. Lots of pics of themselves from their cellphones…usually in the bathroom mirror! LOL!

I have a friend who puts a picture of herself on almost every one of her posts. She has lost considerable amounts of weight so I guess she wants everybody to notice. But really? EVERY post! I understand self-esteem and self-love – I could use more of both – but it’s excessive. She didn’t lose weight FOR facebook but she uses facebook to let everybody know that she has.

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