Social Media Impacting the Spike in Facial Cosmetic Procedures

With the continuing emergence of technology and social media in our everyday lives, it is no surprise that many users have become concerned with their appearances on screen. As discussed in a previous blog about the “FaceTime facelift,” video applications such as FaceTime and Skype® had influenced patients’ decisions to undergo procedures such as chin surgery or rhinoplasty. Now, according to a poll conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), plastic surgeons have seen a 31% increase in cosmetic procedure requests as a result of how people want to present themselves on profiles for their social media accounts.atlanta facial plastic surgery

Pictures on social media accounts are now often the first impression of a user, whether socially or professionally, it is easy to have your photos posted anywhere on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or YouTube. With social media as a driving force for facial cosmetic surgery, patients have chosen various types of facial procedures from neck lifts to non-surgical rejuvenation such as Botox®. As an expert in the field for over 25 years, double board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Fernando Burstein discusses various facial procedures that are commonly requested to address the signs of aging or to improve aesthetics.

Cosmetic procedures can address individual facial features to achieve a more proportional, aesthetically pleasing appearance for each patient. Dr. Burstein performs rhinoplasty by reshaping the nose’s bridge, tip, or base. A tired eye appearance can be resolved with blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) to remove under-eye bags and hanging skin that can occasionally cause vision obstruction. For patients who are more concerned about the lower area of their face, genioplasty repositions the chin for a more proportional facial balance.

For some patients, the signs of aging are usually the primary concern. Over time and due to the effects from gravity, weight fluctuation, or aging, our faces accumulate wrinkles, fine lines, excess skin, and unwanted fat. Procedures such as neck lift and brow lift eliminate excess, drooping skin in targeted areas that can cause an aged look. Facelifts provide overall rejuvenation to remove unwanted facial fat, reposition muscle, and smooth out wrinkles while eliminating loose, hanging skin. Some patients can often resolve minor signs of aging with non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Botox® and facial fillers smooth wrinkles and furrows while laser skin resurfacing eliminates skin conditions and imperfections such as acne, scarring, and hyperpigmentation.

As social media continues to impact our everyday lives, it is important to discuss your aesthetic goals and needs with Dr. Burstein during an in-person consultation. If you are interested in a facial rejuvenation procedure, contact us to schedule a consultation. Be sure to also connect with Dr. Burstein on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.