Are Selfies Keeping Plastic Surgeons in Business?

April 7, 2014  |  

I am not that keen on selfies. I hardly indulge in the sport of taking pictures of myself, and posting them on social media outlets, in the hopes that my “friends” will readily hit the “like” button and offer their batches of compliments.

Don’t get me wrong, I am quite vain but I prefer solitary judgments as opposed to allowing others to do the work for me. But, I am becoming a minority in a sport that is taking hold of everyone, regardless of age or status. It used to be funny and cute when teenagers caught the bug, but now that grown adults are succumbing to the nagging desire to be validated through a series of photos they orchestrated using their bathroom mirror, I have to admit that I am little disturbed.

But this current trend is no longer just an innocent way to pass the time. There are now serious ramifications associated with polluting your timeline with splashes of selfies, particularly when it pertains to young women who are naturally the most vulnerable when it comes to the subject of beauty.

According to the president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, selfies are helping to spur on the epidemic of physical alteration. “Social platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and the iPhone app, which are solely 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.” This statement is based on the results from research pulled from three surgeons who attested to the fact that their increased client lists came at the high price of the “selfie trend.”

Young women are no longer relying on the instincts of natural light and youthful glow to get them through the bad days. Botox and hyaluronic peels are now becoming the approved antidote for those of us who can’t stomach our own reflection.

I personally don’t think I photograph that well; in fact I am convinced that I look much better in person. Of course, my friends and family think I am crazy but I have never liked the way I look in photos. Once in a while, I am pleased with what I see, but majority of the time, I am disappointed. But interestingly enough, after a couple of years have passed, when I look at those pictures again, I actually end up liking how I look. I start wondering why I gave myself such a hard time. That is the primary reason why I refuse to subject myself to multiple selfie sessions. I know what that can do to someone like me, and I can’t afford to go down that road.

But this is a wake up call for women who are entrusting their disposition to flighty friends and outspoken strangers. You are your own worst critic and enemy, and stirring the pot can lead to serious consequences.

Self-esteem shouldn’t be based on whether your hair is too short or your face too long. Comparing yourself to someone who fits your defined ideal image can lead you down a path of self-destruction. There is nothing wrong with taking a couple of fun shots of yourself goofing off or laying out in the sun, but overdosing on selfies, in an attempt to garner the “perfect” profile can potentially hold you hostage for longer than you might anticipate.



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