According to some medical professionals, social media networks such as Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook and many others are causing people to undergo plastic surgery.
Apparently, current statistics in the cosmetic industry show that there is an increasing demand for injectables such as botox, lip fillers and so forth. The stats also revealed that those who elect to undergo cosmetic procedures are getting younger.
Selfie-awareness is the main culprit
This current state of the cosmetic industry vis a vis their patients was confirmed by Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj, a plastic surgeon based in New York City. He said that selfie-awareness produces a considerable increase of people asking for non-surgical and surgical cosmetic procedures.
Dr. Slupchynskyj is a well-known cosmetic surgeon and is currently the head of the Aesthetic Institute of New York and New Jersey and of Chatham MediSpa.
Social media is the enabler
Twitter and Facebook are two of the most popular social media networks used by people around the world. An estimated 1 billion people across the planet use these websites for their social engagements.
NewMediaTrendWatch.com claims that each day, around 600 million people post and visit the pages of these social media sites every day. The manner by which these social media networks are used today led medical experts to believe that their popularity is the fuel that runs the engine of the cosmetic industry resulting in the massive increase of patients wanting to undergo plastic surgery.
Who are the basic influencers?
In the most popular social media platforms, people see the faces and read about the personal and even intimate activities of popular women celebrities like Miley Cyrus, the Kardashians, Katy Perry, and many others.
All sorts of people, mostly the younger set, wants to see their faces on their mobile phones and that could even include you, if you are fond of using online social networks.
One of the most popular online networks is Snapchat where we can manipulate our photos to show features that are not really there – in fun ways. Those who have small breasts can make their boobs bigger through the Snapchat filters, not by actual breast procedure. Doctors believe that this type of digital or virtual enhancements or manipulation is fuelling the increase in real and actual cosmetic enhancement.
Dr. Eshan Jadoon of Mediscupt Cosmetic gave an insight on the subject. He revealed that in the last couple of years, an increasing number of teenagers, particularly younger girls; want to undergo cosmetic procedures to get their lips to be bigger. Dr. Jadoon believes that regular exposure to social media network contents and postings are fuelling their desires.
Cosmetic injectables are on the rise
As a result, the requests for cosmetic injectables are increasing considerably. Ashleigh Murray, a nurse in Medisculpt stated that because of the filters in Snapchat, everyone wanted to have big pouty lips and bigger eyes.
This has led to the 14 percent increase in the sales of anti-wrinkle injections and the 25 percent increase in sales of cheek fillers.
Thankfully, cosmetic doctors are wiser
Dr. Jaboon revealed that he has rejected a mother’s request to have her daughter injected with lip fillers. The daughter is only 13 years old. He said that it is his duty as a doctor to reject patients if their children are too young to receive such procedures.
The good doctor revealed that they are witnessing an increasing numbers of girls and even boys who are requesting for cosmetic treatment to aesthetically enhance their facial features.
Cosmetic procedures are expensive
Apparently, the cosmetic industry is booming in Australia. Customers of cosmetic procedures are spending nearly one billion dollars for non-invasive procedures every year.
The people of the land down under are spending more in cosmetic surgery than their counterparts in the United States. It seems that Australians are undergoing botox procedures to the tune of $350 million per year.
Lillian Donaldson, a woman who frequents social media networks admitted that these social media platforms influenced her to undergo botox and get lip fillers. She is only 25 years old. Lillian confessed that she loves Instagram and said that seeing everyone beautiful made her want to look pretty as well. She said honestly that that played a big part in her decision to get lip fillers and botox.
This is precisely the warning that some psychologist have issued about social media’s power of manipulating images. They could distort people’s views about beauty and contribute to the dissatisfaction of what a person looks like. To remedy the problem, psychologist want parents to discuss with their children the right ways of using social media and to have the right concept about body image.
Executive Editor at Best in Australia. Mike has spent over a decade covering news related to business leaders and entrepreneurs around Australia and across the world.