Frustrated by your Facebook photo? Have you resorted to using a fuzzy filter, or even worse, a picture of your cat, just to avoid showing your flaws on social media? Trying to post a picture that represents who you are, and that everybody ‘likes’, can be exasperating. The close-up shots can show sagging skin, wrinkles, and bags under the eyes. Cameras don’t lie, especially with the technology found on today’s smartphones. That is why people not satisfied with their selfie have been turning to cosmetic surgery for help. Hence, the Facebook Facelift was born.
Recently, Click2Houston’s Rachel McNeil put the spotlight on the newest facial rejuvenation craze. McNeil reports that according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), facial cosmetic procedures have increase more than 10% over the last year. Doctors are noting that a high number of new patients have been inspired by their own profile photos. One of the fastest growing segments seeking selfie-surgery are women in their 20s; although all age groups are on the rise.
A common problem with the social media profile picture is the bad angle at which they are taken. Even for a Skype or Facetime chat, photos are normally taken while looking downward, which unfortunately brings attention to the crepe paper tissue on the neck, or emphasizes excess submental fat (the double chin). Sagging tissues along the cheeks are easily spotted in the up close photo, as well. Patient Ann Hammond explains in McNeil’s report that “you’re shooting it from this (harsh) angle and you see things you normally don’t see when you’re trying to take your own picture.”
Personally designed, the Facebook Facelift can consist of a variety of individualized procedures that depend on the selfie-taker’s unique needs. A traditional facelift will lift and tighten the lower 1/3 of the face. With incisions made within the hairline, visible scars are not a problem. A lower or upper lid blepharoplasty (eye lift) will both raise and smooth the tissue above and below the eyes. A Necklift removes excess skin, while eliminating the banding and lines along the neck area.
Less invasive process can also be part of the Facebook Facelift. A fat transfer can provide volume to the cheeks and jawline; something that is often depleted with age. Botox Cosmetic erases Crow’s Feet, forehead lines, and Frown Lines. Dermal fillers are used to ease wrinkles that appear due to a loss of tissue elasticity, usually the result of sun damage, smoking, and the normal aging process.
If you are thinking that your Facebook profile picture could use a makeover, contact Dr. Paul Vitenas for a consultation. During your complimentary appointment, all of the options for facial rejuvenation can be discussed. More information can be obtained by calling 281.488.0088. To watch click2houston’s full Facebook Facelift story, go to http://www.click2houston.com/news/houston-plastic-surgeon-develops-facebook-facelift/34503376