According to a new report, people are actually getting a new face for the book of face…
Time reported last week that social media is leading to a spike in requests for plastic surgery; if you check my profile or Google me or link me in, sure I want to look good, but am I willing to go under the knife for that? Apparently some people are saying yes.
A survey of the American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery reports that social media activity may be driving an uptick in plastic surgery requests.
The survey polled 752 board-certified facial plastic surgeons on the trends in cosmetic surgery. This year surgeons are seeing a 31% increase in plastic surgery requests as a result of how people wanted to present themselves on social media… so what we have been writing about for years in a half-joking way (see here) is now actually backed up by statistics.
While some plastic surgery is reconstructive and/or needed, 73% of it is purely cosmetic, a sharp increase over even one year earlier.
People are getting Botox, facelifts, boob jobs and nose jobs to look good online. Sure we live in a very visual world, and looks matter more than they should, but dont we think this is going too far?
This is not anti plastic surgery; surgery is totally cool if you want to do it for yourself, and can do it safely.
And sure, I have looked at pictures of myself on Facebook and thought I should get on the damn treadmill, but to think I should go have surgery? Facebook is supposed to make you feel connected and involved, not insecure and miserable. Hopefully people will get more confident, or just smarten up…