Nip, tuck and snap – patients turn to surgery for selfies
The figures come from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which has found that one in three surgeons in America have seen a rise in patients having facial surgery because they want the perfect selfie.
The figures show a 10 per cent rise in nose jobs between 2012 and 2013, as well as a seven per cent rise in hair transplants and a six per cent leap in eyelid surgery. Anecdotal evidence also suggests there’s been a rise in the number of women looking for breast implants, with cleavage forming an important part of many selfies.
Academy member Dr Sam Rizk said the rises were significant. “A 25 per cent increase in the past year-and-a-half to two years is really big.
He said the selfie, which is the trademark of celebrities including Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber, was the driving force behind many patients’ approaches to his surgery.
With 2014 having seen the most popular selfie ever, which comedian Ellen DeGeneres snapped at this year’s Oscars, and even the president of the USA Barack Obama posing regularly for them, the selfie is certainly a big influence on pop culture.
The selfie has even evolved into the Belfie, a selfie which includes your bum, which was made famous by Kim Kardashian.
That has been backed up by these results, which come from a survey filled in by 2,700 respondents.
One person who has been inspired by the rise of the selfie is dental hygienist Jennifer Reynolds. Jennifer says she has always been self-conscious about her looks and would avoid taking selfies or being snapped in any pictures taken by others which could end up on social media.
Which is why the 34-year-old opted to have a rhinoplasty, or nose job. Since going under the knife she says she’s a new woman. “I feel so much more comfortable about my looks nowadays,” she said. “If I want to take a selfie now I have no problems at all.”