Requests for plastic surgery are hitting an all-time high and the reason behind it might surprise you. Selfies have been around for a very long time but in the past 2 years they have become one of the most popular internet practices on social media websites. Youngsters, seniors and celebrities alike are following the trend and filling the socializing websites with these photos at such a high rate that the term “selfie” has actually been accepted and added to the Oxford dictionary in August 2013.
Recently, plastic surgeons in the United States have not only started receiving more requests than usual, but they claim that people come to them with selfies as examples of which part of their body they feel needs correcting and why. Whether we are talking about rhinoplasty, eyelid lifts, facelifts, hair implants or lip augmentation, people everywhere seem to be trying to improve their image in the photos that they post on social media websites.
The study on the matter involved a poll elaborated by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Out of the 2700 inquiries, 33% claimed that they have an increased interest in having plastic surgery performed to improve the way they look in social media.
The psychological theory behind this is that “the cult of the selfie celebrates regular people”, stated the director of the media psychology program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. With over 41 million photos hash-tagged #selfie circulating on Twitter, the people’s real image is for once more poignant than the models’. Plus, an astounding amount of people admit that they are particularly self-conscious in the photos people take of them. Having the power of taking a shot of yourself looking in a way that you, your harshest judge, agree with and are proud to show to anyone is what makes the selfie phenomenon so addictive.
However, the selfie hype tends to get out of hand sometimes. A Manhattan plastic surgeon says that he refuses a considerable number of patients coming in to request surgery. He believes that selfies are not representative of the way a person looks and that many of the solicitors coming in with selfies do not even need plastic intervention, showing a distorted sense of self.
The study has revealed that there has been a 10% increase in plastic surgery procedures in 2013, in comparison with the previous year and an outstanding increase of 25% this year, in comparison to 2013. Reports suggest that the grand majority of the requests come from the young generations that are defined by the internet, and as a consequence, social media.