Simply knowing that Disney has officially banned the selfie-stick at both their theme parks gives you an idea of how much the ‘selfie’ impacts everyday life. You might have been hoping the infamous self-taken face shot was a fad, but the truth is, the selfie is only gaining in popularity. All of these personal photos are giving individuals more time to reflect on their appearance. Many times, prompting a trip to the cosmetic surgeon’s office.
History of the Selfie:
While even your mother’s generation tried turning the camera lens backwards for a group photo, it was always difficult to get a good picture. However, when MySpace took over the Internet, in about 2005, the need for a good profile photo was created. Facebook came along in 2009, cementing the need for a memorable self-portrait. Apple’s front facing camera hit the market in 2010, and coupled with the explosion of social media outlets like Instagram and Snapchat, so began the world’s obsession with the selfie. In 2013 the Oxford Dictionary added the word “selfie” to its prestigious tome.
Selfies and Cosmetic Surgery:
As the selfie blooms in popularity, so does the demand for cosmetic procedures by younger patients. The hi-def pictures now coming out of the average cell phone show all, from large pores to a double chin, to Crow’s Feet around the eyes; sometimes pointing to undiscovered ‘defects’ in the appearance. That’s where the cosmetic surgeon’s office saves the day.
According to the American Academy of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, there has been a sharp rise in patients undergoing cosmetic procedures to improve their appearance on social media. Both men and women are making appointments for nose jobs, eyelid surgery, laser skin treatments, and hair transplants; all which have increased by almost 10% in the last two years. The selfie has even put the spotlight on hands, as a growing number of patients are asking for a fat transfer or skin resurfacing treatment to pretty up their digits.
If you are planning on taking a selfie in the near future – and you know that you are – then maybe its time to see how much better Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery can help you look. Call our office at 281.484.0088 to learn about the many ways we can assist in packing a bigger, more beautiful punch in your photos. And at Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery, selfie sticks are always welcome!