It used to be that people seeking plastic surgery in Shreveport would bring in photos of celebrities, models, or any famous public figure, and ask to have their features altered to match those of the public figures’. These days, however, trends have changed. People now bring their ‘selfies’, complete with Instagram filters, to the surgeon’s office, and ask to look like the Photoshop or filter-enhanced versions of themselves. Plastic surgeons around America are getting more and more requests for surgery and other procedures based on Instagram and other social network photos.
According to a study by the American Academy of Fascial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, “one in three facial plastic surgeons surveyed saw an increase in requests for procedures due to patients being more self-aware of looks in social media.” Instagram, in particular, has a number of “filters” that can certainly improve one’s appearance. In addition to that, there are third-party photo-editing apps that can further enhance one’s pictures.
Although this new trend in cosmetic surgery may seem odd, it is considered by those in the industry as a step in the right direction. For one, most of the people who ask for these procedures do not wish to look like another person. They only want to be better or younger-looking versions of themselves. This goes right along with the known positive effects of plastic surgery on a person’s self-esteem—an effect that has been proven in various studies
Additionally, many of the self-enhancing changes patients ask for require the latest, less invasive technologies that skilled plastic surgeons in Shreveport, LA offer, such as injectable treatments. Those looking for more extensive improvements, such as a facelift or chin sculpting, however, may also look to these qualified practitioners for help in achieving the look they want.
It’s amazing how social media has changed the lifestyles and mindsets of many people. Its wide reach has made it possible for personal photos to be seen by a large number of people, making many become more mindful of how they look. The good news is, people do not need to settle for just looking good in their social media photos; with the amazing skills of plastic surgeons like those at Knight and Sanders, they can actually look like their photogenic selves in real life.
(Source: Selfie esteem! How Instagram is fueling a new wave of plastic surgery, Daily News, February 4, 2015)