Plastic Surgery on Demand for Better Seflies

SHAFAQNA- With the rising popularity of selfies or self portraits in this smartphone era, the United States is also witnessing a growing demand for plastic surgeons. Previously, mostly the young adult group was enthusiastic about posting selfies on social media like Facebook, Instagram or MySpace, but now it seems that the whole world is involved in the same, including celebrities. Not only this, people also want to look good on social media and this is consequently driving them towards plastic surgeons.

Jennifer Reynolds, 34 year old dental hygienist in New York, expressed her self-consciousness regarding her looks and thus she always avoided selfies and getting tagged in images posted on social media. However, she underwent plastic surgery for her nose and now she is always ready to appear on social media. Reynolds stated “I definitely feel more comfortable right now with my looks. If I need to take a selfie, without a doubt, I would have no problem.”

Reynolds is one among the numerous people who are turning to plastic surgeons for improving their look for images. Specialized make-up artists are also being hired by many. Plastic surgeons these days are dealing with a number of people who want to go for rhinoplasty or nose job and eye-lid lifts just to enhance their image on social media.

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) conducted a poll among its members which showed that one in every three has observed a rise in requests for procedures that make the patients look better in social media. In 2013, a 10 percent rise in rhinoplasty, 7 percent increase in hair transplants and 6 percent rise in eyelid surgery have been noted. Dr. Sam Rizk, a plastic surgeon specialized in rhinoplasty, said “there has been a 25 percent increase over the past year and a half to two years. That is very significant. They come in with their iPhones and show me pictures. Selfies are just getting to be so crazy.”

Rizk also added that selfie actually produces a distorted image and does not represent the actual appearance of a person. He elaborated “we all will have something wrong with us on a selfie image. I refuse a significant proportion of patients with selfies because I believe it is not a real image of what they actually look like in person.”

Rizk often refuses some patients stating that they don’t need a surgery, which upsets them and probably takes them to some other surgeon. He also remarked “too many selfies indicate a self obsession and a certain level of insecurity that most teenagers have. It just makes it worse. Now they can see themselves in 100 images a day on Facebook and Instagram.

According to Ramy Gafni, a New York based make-up artist who deals with clients for online dating profile photos and selfies, a clean make-up, well-defined eyebrows and a little color on the lips make best selfies. He added “you want to enhance your features, perfect your features but not necessarily change your features into something they are not.”

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