Taking selfies and posting them to social media, whether to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram has become the norm for many. Once a fun trend among teens and young adults, selfies have become fairly mainstream among a much wider population of social media users. In addition, even those not posting selfies may also find that social media and their pictures are having an important impact on their lives, including job seekers who use LinkedIn and other social media to either search for a job or promote their careers. As more and more of us are beginning to share our portraits online either through selfies, profile pictures, or general sharing of pictures, the plastic surgery demand for some procedures has grown accordingly.
Selfies and plastic surgery growth
As social media use continues to grow and the prevalence of selfies has placed a spotlight on the face, many plastic surgeons have seen a rise in requests for face-related plastic surgeries, including rhinoplasty (nose surgery), eyelid surgery, and skin rejuvenation treatments. Social media, particularly image-driven sites and apps such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Selfie.im are able to highlight the face and draw attention from not only friends and family but complete strangers as well. The more we spotlight our appearance, the more self-conscious we become. Most of us strive to put forward our best possible appearance, and the more we see our images in the public light, the more likely we are to pick apart our own appearances, focusing on everything from the size and shape of our nose to fine lines and wrinkles.
Put your best face forward in your selfies and profile pictures
First and foremost, when taking a selfie, hold your phone or camera slightly above the level of your head so that you capture light rather than shadows. Next, consider tilting your head slightly to one side to again minimize shadows and take advantage of the light. Titling your head will also help the neck appear smoother and supple. In addition, tilting the chin slightly and pushing the jaw forward slightly will also help to create a smoother look and reduce the appearance of any excess fat or tissue under the chin. If your shoulders or torso will be in the shot, turn so one shoulder is slightly forward which will help to create a slimmer overall profile. And, of course, don’t forget to smile!
If you have perfected the art of the selfie, but just aren’t quite happy with your appearance, you may be considering plastic surgery or skin rejuvenation. Selfies bring focus directly to the face, and of course, highlight the central features of the face including the nose, eyes, and chin. Although the nose may not show signs of aging in and of itself, selfies may draw attention to bumps, ridges, or other unattractive aspects. Selfies also may bring focus to sagging eyelids or a sagging jaw line, and can also pronounce fine lines and wrinkles.
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a near permanent procedure to address sagging or drooping eyelids. In selfies, your eyes may appear closed if the effects are severe. For some patients, the sagging and drooping are merely aesthetic problems while for others they may actually result in a diminished field of vision. Eyelid surgery addresses the problem by removing excess skin, fat, and other tissue in the eyelids creating a more natural and youthful appearance.
Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, may be used to modify the size or shape of the nose to bring it into better proportion with the rest of the face. Nose surgery may be used to smooth the bridge of the nose or remove and reduce unsightly bumps, or may be used to correct a deviated septum and improve breathing. For some patients, correcting a deviated septum may also create a more balanced, symmetrical nose. In your selfies, improved proportions of your nose may add to the appearance of a symmetrical, balanced face.
Skin rejuvenation may take many forms, including the use of dermal fillers or Botox® to fill or smooth wrinkles, lines, and creases, or it may include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, photofacials and more to treat acne, acne scarring, pigmentation changes, and other skin flaws. An aesthetician will be able to assess your skin’s condition and make recommendations best suited to helping you to achieve the best possible look.Before taking your next selfie, call Monarch Plastic Surgery at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing locations or (816) 436-3262 for North Kansas to schedule a consultation to learn more about facial plastic surgery procedures. You may also call Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center at (913) 317-9386 to learn about your skin rejuvenation options. We look forward to seeing you soon!