There is no question of the effects of social media on cosmetic surgery. Because celebrities are constantly in the spotlight, the need to look flawless is almost an obsession. But it isn’t just the rich and famous who are undergoing cosmetic procedures to fix every blemish.

The media’s ideal of beauty has created a huge industry of young people opting for cosmetic fixes. Obviously these are not people who are at that stage where wrinkles and saggy skin are becoming an issue. Some are even teenagers who feel inadequate as they look at images on social media of the superstars that appear impeccably perfect.

This post from Shape magazine quotes a doctor on this growing trend:

Social Media Leading to Increase of Plastic Surgery | Shape Magazine

“We live in a very visual world, and have come to expect that we will be ‘Googled’ or ‘Facebooked’ even before actually meeting someone socially or professionally,” Sam Rizk, M.D., an Cosmetic SurgeryAAFPRS member and director of Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgery in New York, told Time. “I see a lot of men and women who are executives or high-profile so they are in the public eye. Their photos get taken all the time and they never know where they may end up. Between high-definition television, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram, how you look in photos and video clips has definitely become a driver for all cosmetic procedures from Botox to neck lifts.”

Read the full post here:  Social Media Leading to Increase of Plastic Surgery | Shape Magazine

Fixing major deformities, scarring from accidents, and cancer reconstruction are obvious reasons to undergo a surgery. There are many reasons that plastic surgery is beneficial, but it makes me sad that the pursuit of perfection is being taken so far. This video makes the point without any commentary needed:

This is an interesting way to take advantage of Snapchat, the social media platform popular with younger people. The doctor in the following post uses his phone and consensual patients to record his daily cosmetic surgery routine. Dr. Tavakoli is able to advertise his practice and show results for others considering the same type of endeavor:

Snapchat changes face of cosmetic surgery | Blue Mountains Gazette

The phone is logged into Snapchat and it has been documenting the daily rhythm of the practice since the morning, when Dr Tavakoli trained it on his own face and announced the operations he would perform that day.

The patients have given their consent, often eagerly – as long as their faces are not shown. And over the next 24 hours, up to 2500 followers will watch as patients are prepared for surgery and come out the other side with bigger breasts, perkier bottoms or straighter noses – and a few scars.

Read the original post here:  Snapchat changes face of cosmetic surgery | Blue Mountains Gazette

Each person gets to decide what happens to their own body, and if a cosmetic remedy would ultimately make them feel better about themselves, that is great. I do believe that everyone is beautiful in their own way and they are completely unique in this big world. Trying to look like someone else takes that individuality away.