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Social media is all about seeing and being seen,
so it s not surprising that the ubiquity and frequency
of posts are fuelling our vanity.
All the constant attention to social media can make
us feel connected, but at the same time might fuel
some not-so-pretty emotions as well. A study from
researchers in Berlin reported that scanning friends
Facebook pages and photos can trigger feelings of
envy and even loneliness.
A TODAY Show survey of 7,000 American moms
found that 42 per cent suffer from "Pinterest stress,"
and worry they are not creative enough compared to
other moms, which can result in hours of late-night
clicking through pictures of birthday party favours
Now the annual poll from
the American Academy of
Facial and Reconstructive Sur-
gery (AAFPRS) reports that
social media activity may be
driving an uptick in plastic sur-
The survey polled 752 of the
AAFPRS board-certified facial
plastic surgeons on the trends
in reconstructive and cosmetic
surgery. This year, one finding
stuck out: surgeons are seeing a 31-per-cent increase
in plastic surgery requests as a result of how people
wanted to present themselves on social media.
"We live in a very visual world, and have come to
expect that we will be Googled or Facebooked even
before actually meeting someone socially or profes-
sionally," said Dr Sam Rizk, an AAFPRS member and
director of Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgery in New
"I see a lot of men and women who are executives
or high profile so they are in the public eye. Their
photos get taken all the time and they never know
where they may end up.
"Between high definition television, Facebook,
YouTube and Instagram, how you look in photos and
video clips has definitely become a driver for all cos-
metic procedures from Botox to neck lifts."
The survey shows that growth in cosmetic plastic
surgery outpaces demand for reconstructive procedures.
Cosmetic surgery accounted for 73 per cent of all
plastic surgery operations in 2012, up from 62 per
cent in 2011. Among the more popular procedures are
rhinoplasty, Botox and facelifts.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons also
released its most recent cosmetic and reconstructive
surgery statistics last month, which similarly found
that high numbers of Americans continue to go under
the knife, with 1.6 million getting cosmetic procedures
such as facelifts and rhinoplasty and 13 million receiving
less invasive procedures like Botox.
That study also noted that while breast augmentation
remains the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure,
surgeons are seeing a rise in the upper arm-lift pro-
cedure. In 2012, Americans spent US$61 million on
procedures to remove excess skin on the back of their
arms and since 2000, the group reported a 4,378 per
cent increase in the number of these procedures per-
formed. In a ASPS statement, the organisation said
there was no single reason underlying the increase in
requests but a poll they conducted showed that women
are paying closer attention to celebrities arms, with
the majority admiring first lady Michelle Obama s tri-
ceps the most.
It s not surprising that people tend to be influenced
by the images they see most consistently, which in
the past have been of celebrities, but increasingly may
include friends as well. And constant reminders of
their appearance on social media may be spurring a
desire to improve perceived flaws.
"Whether you think it is harmful or not, it is a
trend and I don t think we will see it slowing down
anytime soon," said Rizk.
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appearance or specific features starts
to border on obsession, that can be a
He says plastic surgeons try to screen
out patients who suffer from body dys-
morphia, and will turn down their
requests for surgery. "However, even
if I refuse, they can always find some-
one who is willing to operate on them."
"We live in a very
visual world, and
have come to
expect that we
will be 'Googled'
"There is the potential in some indi-
viduals with low self-esteem and psy-
chological issues to fixate on certain fea-
tures, such as a prominent nose or a
weak chin or a heavy neck.
"When the concern about your
Social media pushing
demand for plastic surgery
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