Plastic Surgery Numbers Higher Thanks to Selfies

Apparently, facial plastic surgery is on the rise, but it might not be for the reasons you assume.  A recent poll from the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons commits that roughly 55 percent of these cosmetic professionals have seen a 13 percent uptick in facial reconstruction surgeries, since last year, due to patients who don’t like the size of their nose in selfies.

Most importantly, those who requested rhinoplasty actually had rather normal or traditional features.

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Boris Pashkover, specialized in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He reports that he has very recently understood that people often want to change their appearance in order to improve their social media persona. Yes, even to the point of plastic surgery.  Most importantly, he says that those who did ask for plastic surgery would often show selfies as an example for what they do not like about their face.

This prompted Pashkover to investigate further and he now reports:

“Young adults are constantly taking selfies to post to social media and think those images are representative of how they really look, which can have an impact on their emotional state,” he said. “I want them to realize that when they take a selfie they are in essence looking into a portable funhouse mirror.”

Pashkover worked with Brittany Ward and Max Ward from Rutgers, as well as Ohad Fried, PhD, from Stanford University, on this research. The team has actually developed a mathematical model that utilizes various facial dimension data across genders, races, ages, and ethnicities (taken from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health).  This model helped the team to figure out how much distortion in your nose can actually occur depending upon its difference from the camera lens.

For example, at a distance of at least 5 ft from your face, your nose is typically at the same angle from the camera as the rest of your face.  This means there is no disproportionate enlargement of your nose.  Bring the camera any closer, however—lets say, to one foot from your face—and your nose size can appear up to 30 percent larger.

Of course, in the grand scheme of things, none of this really matters, but in a world—at a time—when your image is everywhere, making a good first impression has never been more important.

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