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Are Selfies The Reason For An Increased Demand In Plastic Surgery?

Over the last few years, rates of cosmetic surgery use for young women have risen almost 25% and a new study suggests that selfies may be responsible.

Selfies & Cosmetic Surgery

Selfies, or self-portraits, have come into popularity largely due to the prevalence of smartphones and the growth of social media networks such as Facebook and Instagram. Initially popular mostly with young adults, selfies have become a market force all their own, creating an entire industry of how-to guides and specialized make-up artists.

Now everybody is doing it: at the Academy Awards in 2014, Ellen DeGeneres took a selfie with several other Hollywood A-listers that became the most retweeted tweet of all time.

As selfies continue to become a larger part of western culture, a new study from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) suggests that many patients who chose to go under the knife last year did so in order to feel more attractive and more confident when taking photographs, and selfies, to share on social media.

One 34-year-old Costa Rican woman living in NY admitted in an interview that she was motivated to undergo a rhinoplasty procedure to improve her confidence and to make her feel more photogenic: “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,” she said.

Several other factors may also be contributing to the incredible rise in cosmetic surgery rates, such as advances in medical technology creating less invasive techniques and more affordable treatment options, but many experts admit that selfies and the higher level of understanding many patients have regarding procedures is largely responsible. And as more and more young women decide to go under the knife, the trend will only continue to grow.

Young women in particular are under extremely high levels of pressure to conform to current standards of beauty and, after seeing themselves in hundreds of selfies a month, it’s easy to feel that they will benefit from procedures to improve facial symmetry and balance, even out skin tone, and provide a more youthful appearance.

For those unwilling or unable to opt for cosmetic surgery, New York make-up artist Ramy Gafni has some suggestions for achieving the best selfie results: Clean makeup, well-defined eyebrows, and a subtle lipstick will produce the best images by enhancing your features for more photogenic results.

If you’re looking to achieve the best possible selfie for years to come, contact your surgeon today and see what options are available to you.

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