Selfies may cause people to seek surgery

SelfieThere’s no denying the power of the selfie. Ellen DeGeneres’ star-studded selfie nearly broke Twitter with almost 3.5 million retweets, but the younger generation has been taking and posting this type of picture since photo-sharing options were first made popular on social media.

According to the survey, one in three patients who had facial procedures were influenced by the way they were portrayed in pictures on photo-sharing networking sites, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Specifically, the organization reported a 10 percent increase in rhinoplasties and 7 percent rise in the number of hair transplants in 2013.

Social platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and the iPhone app, which are solely image based, force patients to hold a microscope up to their own image and often look at it with a more self-critical eye than ever before, the study indicated that the younger population has been affected most by this rising trend. These sites generally receive the most traffic from students in college, middle or high school, demographics that are likely to be greatly influenced by the way their images are perceived.  Surgeons reported a 58 percent increase in the number of patients under the age of 30 who sought procedures in 2013, according to press release. Additionally, the release indicated that the most popular operations among this age group were rhinoplasties, skin rejuvenation and acne reduction.

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