Is Social Media Inspiring People to Plastic Surgery?

The Facebook Facelift Becomes More Popular for Social Media Users

With more than a billion people around the world engaging their friends and colleagues via social media, users often get a chance to see what they look like to others.

Unlike a view in a mirror, people have a chance to see themselves as they appear in a timeline on a Facebook page.

For some, that image of themselves may be inspiring them to consider some form of plastic surgery. Some doctors are even calling the phenomenon the “Facebook Facelift.”

In many cases, patients are not seeking an actual facelift but some other procedure to enhance their appearance online. Between 2010 and 2011 for example, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery says there was a 10 percent jump in chin augmentations.

With the rise in social media usage people find it difficult to avoid the images and many people find social media necessary for their jobs.

Doctors say if it is important for you to change your online image, be sure to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

  A study from 2012 found that 66 percent of people admit to feeling panicked when they were without their phones