How Social Media Is Changing Plastic Surgery
They say the camera lens can make you look 10 pounds heavier. And the reality is that it does. While traditionally that was often a concern for actors and television personalities, today it’s a reality for many people. With the advent of social media and online dating, many people now feel the pressure of the camera.
Everybody wants to put their best face forward for the front-facing computer video camera. Sadly, age may have taken its toll on those once full and firm cheeks, taught chin, and tight neckline. Because the computer camera often sits at an awkward lower angle, it can make the neck appear worse than in real life and can accentuate all those unwelcome facial flaws. The person you see on the screen may not be the person you know or want to see.
Today, plastic surgeons are finding that many people don’t like the way they look when video chatting for these very reasons. I have had several patients come to my office with printed pictures of themselves showing how they appear on the video chat camera. It’s interesting that several of these patients underwent necklift or lower facelifts to improve their online appearance.
In a similar fashion, the constant picture tagging and posting of online photos on facebook and instagram has prompted many to undergo rhinoplasty or cosmetic nasal surgery. Most of these patients felt uncomfortable with their profiles and wished to have them improved. While the marvel of video chatting has taken visual communication to new levels, it has also drawn attention to our natural facial flaws. As with all facial cosmetic procedures knowledge is the key to great results.