Summary: Cell phones are everywhere. They have been for some time now. As such, cameras are everywhere. Can you imagine that, even ten years ago? The world changes quickly. With the camera-packing smartphone came the selfie. And that’s where we’re at today. It shouldn’t be surprising that this style of photo is encouraging a plastic surgery trend. From Anchorage, AL, to Chicago, IL, facelift surgery is on the rise—what we’re calling selfie surgery. And this type of surgery is growing in popularity due to selfies—so will this trend continue? It’s hard to say.
Introducing Selfie Surgery… Sort of
We live in the age of the selfie. That’s just the simple truth. Chances are, you’ve snapped one or two selfies yourself (or, you know, ten… maybe hundreds). Perhaps this is because taking pictures is easier than ever, thanks to modern technology. Perhaps it’s because sharing those pictures is also easier than ever. You can really share your experiences with people out there—your Facebook friends and so on. And one of the best ways to share is through a photo (those are, probably, the ones you tend to click on too). And photos without people in them tend to be, well, boring.
So, you take pictures of yourself and you put them online, where you also then see them. And when you see them, you start to notice things about yourself—things you don’t notice in the mirror. Maybe your neck is a little droopy. Maybe your face is a little wrinkly. The truth is that you didn’t notice these things before and—suddenly—there they are for everybody to see. What the selfie shows you, then, is that you don’t look like what you thought you looked like.
Selfie Surgery Options
Now, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and we should all keep in mind that pictures, especially from a phone, have a way of distorting and flattening an image. This means that what you look like in the picture is not what you look like in real life, but more like a facsimile of what you look like in real life. For many patients of plastic surgery, however, it’s basically close enough. And when you don’t like what you see in the selfie you just took, it’s understandable if you start to consider some aesthetic plastic surgery options.
And those options can run the gamut. Let’s take a look at some “selfie” options, starting off slow, of course.
- Botox: When it comes to deep lines and wrinkles that you see in your skin, Botox is always a good first stop, especially if those deep lines and wrinkles have been created by muscle movement in your face. For example, crows feet and frown lines are usually caused by you actually making that face (and, like your mom said, it stays that way). Botox neutralizes those muscles, so they release their grip and the wrinkle goes away. It’s a great, safe way to get some smooth skin.
- Blepharoplasty: Sometimes it’s not your entire face that’s making you look (and feel) a bit older. Sometimes it’s only part of it. Commonly, this “part” is the eyelids. As you age, your eyelids tend to lose elasticity and you end up with quite a bit of excess tissue. This can make you look old, tired, even angry. And it can interfere with your sight. Blepharoplasty is designed to eliminate this excess tissue and make your eyes look young again.
- Facelift: It might be the case that you have to go all in (or all out—whichever idiom is called for). During a facelift, a plastic surgeon will remove excess tissue and pull your remaining skin taught so as to reduce wrinkles. This procedure generally involves at least a few weeks of recovery time, though the scars from a facelift are usually well hidden. When performed well, a facelift will look very natural—you won’t have to worry about that “plastic” appearance. People will just notice how young you look.
So, if you’re feeling a bit put off by your selfies, you shouldn’t worry. There are many ways you can make your face look a little more youthful. And not all of them begin with surgery. Sometimes you can start with something like Botox (mentioned above) or dermal fillers, which fill up that volume in your face. We say that surgery isn’t always the answer because, often surgery is irreversible. Botox, on the other hand, is temporary.
You’ll Still Looking Like Yourself
However, sometimes surgery is really your only option for a desirable outcome. Modern plastic surgery techniques hide scars incredibly well and leave you with an incredibly natural looking result. After all, it’s not like you’re going to stop taking selfies. Selfies are the way of the world now. So a good plastic surgeon will make sure that when you look at your selfies you won’t be stuck looking at evidence of your own plastic surgery—or, rather, that won’t be what sticks out. Instead, you’ll just notice how young you look.
And that’s really the point of plastic surgery. Not to make you look like someone else or some kind of idealized person. But to make you look more like that person you see in your mind’s eye—to make you look more like your real self. Even in selfies.