Plastic surgery has exploded in the past decade or so. The reasons are many: Unrealistic images of models and celebrities we are forced to see every day. A beauty ideal that has morphed from natural to bizarrely unnatural. Plastic surgery becoming more socially accepted at a younger age, as well as safer and less expensive. But there are those who blame some of the increase of plastic surgery on social media. One woman, TV producer Triana Lavey, says she got so fed up with seeing her weak chin on Facebook that she decided to get it fixed. To think that there are even more reasons to hate Facebook!
Word has it that surgeons say they've seen a 71 percent increase in chin implants in the past year due to Facebook -- and they even call it the "Facebook facelift." Apparently chins don't look so good on Facebook. Lavey says 10 years ago she didn't even notice her weak chin, but it started to become unbearable when she'd see it on her wall. Says Lavey:
It's my darn chin that bugs the living daylights out of me in this photo ... You keep looking and looking, and now it's the first thing I look for in a photo. It all started with Facebook.
Whether or not Facebook is responsible for people getting surgery, there can be no doubt that seeing ourselves many times a day on social sites is a relatively new and eye-opening experience for many. There once was a time when we didn't come into contact with our images so much. We'd see our reflection in the mirror before school or work, and maybe a few times during the day on bathroom breaks, and then again as we brushed our teeth before bed. And that was about it.
But thanks to Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Instagram, and the rest, we get to see our image over and over again every day. And often those photos are not so flattering!
Plus, how we see ourselves in the mirror is totally different from how we see ourselves online. Says a New York plastic surgeon:
When you look in the mirror, you’re seeing the mirror image of yourself. But when you see yourself on social media, you’re seeing yourself the way the world sees you.
But there's a solution: Set your privacy settings so that no one can tag you with any photos. It's a lot cheaper and safer than going under the knife. As for profile shots, use one of your cat or a cartoon. Just don't expect me to friend you.
Has Facebook ever made you think of getting plastic surgery?
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