Whether we like it or not, social media has become a huge part of our lives. In fact, it’s become so influential that it’s now being credited for an increase in plastic surgery. Surgeons who responded to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) reported a 31 percent increase in requests from people who wanted to look better on social media.
“We live in a very visual world, and have come to expect that we will be ‘Googled’ or ‘Facebooked’ even before actually meeting someone socially or professionally,” says New York plastic surgeon Sam Rizk, MD. “I see a lot of men and women who are executives or high profile so they are in the public eye. Their photos get taken all the time and they never know where they may end up. Between high definition television, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, how you look in photos and video clips has definitely become a driver for all cosmetic procedures from Botox to neck lifts.”
The survey also revealed that cosmetic procedures are now in more demand than reconstructive procedures, accounting for 73 percent of all plastic surgery operations. The most popular of those cosmetic procedures are nose jobs and injectables and fillers.
But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Actually, most experts agree that using social media can help patients make better, more informed decisions. “They really do their homework,” says Dr. Rizk. “They go online, are more open to talking about their experiences, and usually see a few doctors in consultation before deciding. The more educated patients are, the better for surgeons.”
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