Social media has grown in popularity over the past few years, which has led to a complete shift in how we communicate with each other. No longer do we pick up the phone and call our friends to tell them about our newest accomplishment, instead we post it on various social media networks for all to see. This has created a need to always look our best when posting to social media.
One of the newest trends on social media is the ever-popular selfie. A selfie is a picture that someone takes of themselves, typically with their mobile phone and then posts to a popular social media site such as Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat. Young adults and teenagers often take selfies to show off their looks, and it is becoming increasingly important for them to look their best when taking these candid shots.
Selfies Increasing Interest in Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures
A recent study by The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery showed that 1 in 3 facial plastic surgeons indicated that more patients are asking for procedures due to awareness of their looks on social media. 13% of The Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery members mentioned an increase in photos being shared on social media as the reasoning behind an increased trend in facial plastic surgery.
More Young People Interested in Plastic Surgery
Surveyed plastic surgeons also point out that the average age of patients interested in plastic surgery is dropping. More than half of surveyed surgeons saw an increase in cosmetic surgery for patients under the age of 30.
Young people are more concerned than ever about how they look online and are looking to plastic surgery procedures as a way to improve their looks for their friends, love interests and even potential employers as well as themselves.
Plastic surgeons also point to bullying as a reason for the increase in plastic surgery among young people. The study showed that 69% of teens are having plastic surgery due to being bullied and 31% of teens are having plastic surgery to avoid being bullied.
Nose Jobs Top the List of Procedures for Young People
Once again, nose jobs topped the list of the most requested plastic surgery procedures for men and women under the age of 35. As more and more young people look to social media as a way to be validated and accepted among their peers, these statistics may continue to increase.
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