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.
“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?