The latest motivation for plastic surgery? Selfies

Plastic surgeons say Snapchat, Instagram play role

Selfies are having a huge impact on the facial plastic surgery industry, according to a study by one of the largest plastic surgery associations.

One in three facial plastic surgeons said more people are asking for procedures due to more self-awareness of their looks on social media. The results of the annual poll conducted by The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery come just a week after daytime talk show host Ellen Degeneres tweeted a photo of herself with a handful of other stars.

The photo, taken at the Oscars, has been retweeted more than 3 million times and now holds the record for most retweeted image on Twitter.

The president of AAFPRS says apps such as Instagram and Snapchat are playing a huge role. They “force patients to hold a microscope up to their own image and often look at it with a more self-critical eye than ever before,” Dr. Edward Farrior said.

Thirteen percent of AAFPRS members surveyed said increased photo sharing and patients’ dissatisfaction with their own photos on social media sites is leading to a rising trend in facial plastic surgeries.

In 2013, facial plastic surgeons said they saw an increase in hair transplants, eyelid surgeries and nose job procedures compared to 2012. The facial surgery association polls it’s members once a year to find out the latest trends in facial plastic surgery.

The face of plastic surgery is also getting younger, according to the survey. In 2013, more than half of surveyed surgeons said they saw an increase in cosmetic surgery or injectables in people younger than 30 years old.

“These images are often the first impressions young people put out there to prospective friends, romantic interests and employers and our patients want to put their best face forward,” Dr. Farrior said.

Most surgeons surveyed said 69 percent of children and teens are undergoing plastic surgery as a result of being bullied compared to 31 percent to prevent being bullied.

Nose jobs remain the most commonly requested plastic surgery procedure for both men and women younger than 35 years old. Ninety percent of women request the procedure and 86 percent of men make the request.

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