Facebook Increasing Demand for Plastic Surgery?

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With each passing year, more and more innovative plastic surgery treatments are being developed, while providing more optimal results for the patients. It is no wonder that the number of people seeking cosmetic improvement treatments like liposuction, rhinoplasty and Botox is skyrocketing in the U.S., especially in New York. The more the procedures are perfected, the lesser the chances that negative side effects will occur and the greater the satisfaction of the patient.

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Earlier this year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported how the number of cosmetic surgery procedures have been increasing over the years, with Americans spending $11 billion on plastic surgery treatments in 2012 alone.  This isn’t surprising because everyone wants to look and feel their best. The report also revealed that non-surgical procedures are on the rise, especially facial filler procedures and Botox lead the way as the most popular cosmetic treatment in the nation, reaching an all-time high of 6.1 million injections in 2012.

Another trend that has taken rise is male plastic surgery. Once treatments like Botox or face lifts were seen as an exclusive tool for women who wanted to look youthful, these days, men are turning to plastic surgery by the thousands getting their hands on procedures that can turn back the hands of time.

So with so many people obtaining a new-found appreciation for plastic surgery and the wonders it can create, several experts are left wondering what exactly is contributing to the rise in the number of procedures requested. Sure, treatments are becoming more innovative and appealing, but one recent study has found that the answer to the plastic surgery spike may all be attributed to Facebook.

Sites like Facebook, Twitter and other social media avenues may be driving the plastic surgery market more than anyone might imagine. According to the annual poll from the American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), social media activity may be the reason behind plastic surgery’s recent popularity.

The survey polled 752 of the AAFPRS’ board-certified facial plastic surgeons on the latest trends in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. The results were nothing short of astounding. According to survey data, surgeons are seeing a 31% increase in requests for plastic surgery all because patients are concerned with how they present themselves on social media sites.

Social media is no longer just a place where teens can chat with each other about school or their latest’s crush; it is now an expansive networking tool that can even lead to the success of a business. Pictures are often uploaded on these sites for the world to see, and it is only fitting that people want to put their best face forward. After all, no one wants to get caught in a candid moment without makeup – or Photoshop – to hide pesky imperfections so pictures can become viral on the internet.

While it may seem a bit extreme to undergo a plastic surgery procedure all because patients want to look good on Facebook, it is undeniable that social media has increased the public’s desire to look their best, and sometimes, that means having a treatment like a face lift or liposuction.

Would you get plastic surgery so you can look good on Facebook? How much does social media weigh in on your decision to undergo a cosmetic treatment?

New York plastic surgeon and social media enthusiast Dr. Leonard Grossman and his team want to know how you feel about looking good for the online crowd and whether any recent pictures your friends have published of themselves or of you have contributed to your desire to get plastic surgery.

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