“The Selfie” Face Lift

shutterstock_214358326Research reveals that the “Selfie” trend has increased the demand for elective, aesthetic procedures, particularly those under the age of 30. It is not news that social media influences lives and self-esteem, so it is not surprising to learn that it is a strong driving forcing behind the desire for a more youthful appearance. An exclusive group doctors in the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) are polled each year to discover the latest trends in facial plastic surgery. More than 50% of surveyed plastic surgeons reported there was a rise in cosmetic surgery and injectables in patients under 30 in 2013.

Social platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and the iPhone app Selfie.im, which are solely image based, force patients to hold a microscope up to their own image and often look at it with a more self-critical eye than ever before,” says Edward Farrior, MD, President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. “These images are often the first impressions young people put out there to prospective friends, romantic interests and employers and our patients want to put their best face forward.”

The aging process and how to turn back the hands of time continues to be of interest to both males and females. The results from the AAFPRS poll also revealed that 39% of the members there is an increase in demand for non-surgical cosmetic procedures to postpone facial surgery. Thirty-four percent of those surveyed stated that females under the age of 35 are concerned about their skin to prevent the visible signs of aging. Procedures such as rhinoplasty, neck liposuction, chin implants, and acne scar reduction has drastically increased in males according to 23% of the facial surgeons surveyed.

“The top five things most patients are most concerned with are results, cost, recovery, pain and scars,” says Dr. Farrior. “Whether driven by a desire to stay competitive in the workforce, remain attractive to their mate or simply to look as good as they feel, advances in non-invasive anti-aging technologies are making it possible to delay the hands of time while retaining a natural outcome. As recovery times are reduced and results are more subtle, aesthetic procedures become a more viable maintenance option for young men and women.”

In 2013 nearly three quarters of all procedures performed were minimally invasive. BOTOX® Cosmetic, composed 50% of all minimally invasive procedures performed, followed by hyaluronic acid and peels.

Authored By Cheryl Whitman

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