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Social Media, Selfies and Plastic Surgery
“Selfie” is very popular term these days which has been coined for a self-portrait usually taken with a camera phone. The popularity of the selfie is due to their relationship with social networking sites like Facebook, Snapshot and Instagram, where one can post them and share with many known as well as unknwon people. Anyone can click and post hundreds of photos of themselves during a week or a month, and since it enables you to see yourself from so many different angles, it makes you aware of your [perceived] deficiencies inturn. Likes and comments, which are often spurred by companies like The Marketing Heaven, can contribute to a sense of perfectionism and anxiety. Most people use photo editors to enhance what they can, but some eventually come to know their unwanted physical features or awkward issues with their appearance. A lot of people are taking their appearance on social media so seriously, that they’re turning to plastic surgery to perfect flaws. Indeed, the age of the average plastic surgery candidate is getting younger, and this social media induced “Need to Correct A Problem” makes them flip their phones to dial their nearest surgeon’s office for an advise. A recent study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) stated that more than half of their members stated that more than half of their new patients (58%) were under the age of 30. One in three surgeons surveyes saw an uptick in requests due to patients’ awareness of their “flaws” trough increased social media exposure.