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Social Media and Plastic Surgery

Posted by on May 22, 2013

As if looking good for your ten-year high school reunion wasn’t stressful enough, now your former classmates can check up on you anytime through social media sites such as Facebook. In turn, as more and more individuals are logging on to the popular social media network sites, numbers of patients requesting elective cosmetic surgery are showing a similar parallel in popularity. Recently, the American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) polled over 750 board-certified plastic surgeons to find out more about trends in cosmetic surgery.

One of the most notable findings was a 30% increase in individuals requesting elective plastic surgery procedures to affect the way they appear on social media sites such as Facebook. As the nation continues to enjoy a better economy each year, the figures spent on elective cosmetic procedures are also on the rise. In 2012, 73% of all plastic surgery was cosmetic, a number that increased from 62% the year before.
Among users, Facebook has often been criticized for making people feel like they don’t stand up to the comparisons of friends and family around the world. For some, social media is yet another hit on fragile self-esteem or a way to obsess even further about mild physical flaws. Physicians agree that if you feel your nose looks too big in the mirror, you will be doubly concerned about it when confronted with multiple pictures online with your friends. Doctors are trained to screen potential patients for unhealthy body dysmorphic disorders, but these red flags can often be missed.

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