Is Selfie Culture Behind Rise in Cosmetic Surgery?

Selfies have become a popular craze for fans of social media. These days it’s all about capturing the perfect photo. This quest for perfection has led to what experts are deeming ‘digital dysmorphia’, causing issues with self-appearance.

For some, selfies have become more of an obsession, with many resorting to plastic surgery, such as chin augmentation and liposuction, to ensure they reveal the perfect angles in their pictures. Recent figures published by the British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons have revealed a significant increase in the number of patients undergoing facial surgery.

The link between selfies and cosmetic surgery

Image-based social media sites are thought to have caused the rise in cosmetic procedures. Selfies cause a person to see themselves up-close, often highlighting any imperfections they may have. In many cases, these imperfections are taken out of proportion as they are obsessively and microscopically analysed.

Even teenagers are seeking cosmetic procedures to prevent bullying on social media sites. After posting selfies, many teens receive negative comments from bullies, leading to serious issues with self-confidence.

While liposuction, breast augmentation and nose jobs remain popular, the selfie craze has led to a range of new procedures tailored towards younger patients.

Selfie-tastic cosmetic procedures

The top procedures patients choose to achieve selfie perfection include:

  • Facial liposuction
  • Chin augmentation
  • Nose jobs
  • Lip augmentation

The main issue surgeons are asked to fix is the dreaded double chin. Liposuction of the chin can be effective at eliminating the unflattering double chin appearance, while chin augmentation can help alter its shape and volume. Lip procedures follow closely behind as patients attempt to achieve the perfect pout.

Cosmetic surgery can be a great way to boost confidence and help patients achieve the look they desire. However, it is really important patients are psychologically ready for surgery. In the case of digital dysmorphia for example, surgery may not be the best option. While you may fix one issue, you’re likely to find another and surgery can become an unhealthy obsession.

Always make sure you’re having a cosmetic procedure for the right reasons. Book a consultation to discover whether facial surgery is right for you.