The pervasiveness of social media is contributing to a rise in concerns about personal appearance. According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, concerns about personal appearance in photos taken for social media platforms are increasingly figuring in to patients’ decisions to undergo cosmetic surgery.
To get data for the study, AAFPRS surveyed its members and found that 13 percent of the 2,700 surgeons polled believed that increased photo sharing on social media sites was causing more patients who were dissatisfied with their appearance to seek cosmetic treatment. Both surgical and non-surgical procedures rose in popularity last year as patients looked for ways to put their best face forward in the real and virtual worlds.
Cosmetic Treatments Trending Younger
With image-based social media apps like Instagram and SnapChat rising in popularity, individuals may feel forced to scrutinize their own appearance more than they would have in the past. This is perhaps contributing the trend of ever-younger patients having concerns about aging. About 58 percent of plastic surgeons surveyed by the AAFPRS reported an uptick of injectables and treatments like rhinoplasty among the under 30 crowd at their practices. Patients are now seeking treatment to delay the onset of signs of aging rather than purely to correct them.
Both Men and Women Affected
Taking a good selfie isn’t just vital for your online social life or success on dating sites and the like. It is also very important in professional life. Even business networking sites like LinkedIn expect individuals to have a profile picture, and needless to say the ability to take a good photo and project a healthy, youthful appearance can have a significant impact on one’s ability to get hired and stay competitive in the workforce. Since both men and women are increasingly feeling insecure in the workplace as they age, it’s no surprise that both men and women have been increasingly turning to cosmetic treatments for help.
Non-Invasive Treatments Preferred
According to 39 percent of AAFPRS members, the demand for non-surgical cosmetic procedures is rising in their practices. These procedures are being sought as a means of delaying the need for surgical procedures like facelifts. The most popular non-surgical treatment by far was Botox, which is being used by both men and women to reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles typically associated with aging. Fillers to help soften deep wrinkles and restore youthful fullness to the face are also popular, as are chemical peels to improve skin tone.
Prep for Your New Profile Pic with a Visit to Mira Aesthetic Medical Center & Spa
If you’ve been struggling to take that perfect profile pic using camera, lighting, and makeup tricks, maybe it’s time to try a different approach. Come to Mira Aesthetic Medical Center & Spa for a consultation and find out what treatments we can offer to improve your appearance.