Plastic Surgeries Increase in the Social Networking Age
Doctors have reported that the use of Facebook and video chatting services such as Skype have increased the plastic surgery. Not only are these but FaceTime conversations on smartphones, Twitter avatars, YouTube videos and LinkedIn pics also making many people uncomfortable with their faces.
In this time of social networking, people are making more of their presentations than ever before in history. This leads to the growing market of plastic surgery.
“People will come in and say, ‘I saw myself in the mirror, but I didn’t really notice it until I saw myself on Facebook or on my iPhone or iPad,’” Dr. Adam Schaffner, a New York plastic surgeon, said. “When you look in the mirror you’re seeing the mirror image of yourself. But when you see yourself on social media, you’re seeing yourself the way the world sees you.”
Dr. Schaffner is specialized in performing “Lifestyle Lift”, which is done by slight incision and operation on the body especially to tighten up the face.
Dr. Robert K. Sigal, One of the doctors in Virginia offers “FaceTime Facelift” to make people more attractive during FaceTime conversations on iPhone.
“Patients come in with their iPhones and show me how they look on [Apple’s video calling application] FaceTime,” Dr. Sigal said. “The angle at which the phone is held, with the caller looking downward into the camera, really captures any heaviness, fullness and sagging of the face and neck. People say ‘I never knew I looked like that! I need to do something!’ I’ve started calling it the ‘FaceTime Facelift’ effect. And we’ve developed procedures to specifically address it.”
“A lot of people come in and say they keep seeing photos of themselves and they don’t like the way their chins look,” Dr. David Shafer, another New York plastic surgeon, said. “It’s become a more common thing over the last year. The typical patients are women between the ages of 20 and 35, but we also have men, probably in the same age range. One of my clients is a designer and people take pictures of him for runway shows so he noticed it more.”