Summary: New technology brings new trends, and some are wondering if the rise in selfies and the rise in facial procedures are connected. There’s not a lot of evidence to back up this theory, but it’s certainly an intuitive connection. While a selfie seems like a perilously thin reason to undergo a cosmetic or surgical procedure, it might be a good spot for the conversation to start.

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New Trends

With every new year comes new trends in technology. Last year, 2013, saw the rise of the selfie. The term—and action—was so popular that it’s even in the dictionary now. Essentially, a selfie is a digital photo of one’s self, typically snapped by a smart phone or other device. Lest you think this trend is restricted to only teenagers and their ilk, selfies are popular over a wide age range.

And with new trends come new theories about why people behave in certain ways. It seems that 2013 saw an increase in the number of facial procedure requests—to the degree that 1 in 3 doctors reported such an increase, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

So the popular notion flying around now is that taking selfies makes people more likely to want facial procedures.

There’s really not much empirical evidence out there to support a cause and effect relationship, but it is easy to see how one could make a connection between the two. By taking selfies you are, after all, simply seeing your face more often, and you’re more aware that your friends and family are constantly seeing your face on the internet. Where those photos will be forever.

Selfies Distort your Self Image

But there are a few reasons you might not look like what your selfie makes you look like. First, there’s the fact that many selfies are taken in low light (think about concerts, movies, and so on), and this can drastically reduce the quality of the picture. Second, the lens will always effect the distortion of the image, because it’s taking a three dimensional object and making it look two dimensional. This means that how you look in the selfie is never going to match what you look like to your friends.

All of this is not to say that facials might not be right for you. If you’re looking for a filler because you never noticed those wrinkles before and you don’t feel that old, it could be good to speak to a cosmetic surgeon. But surgeons such Dr. Berkowitz, working out of Michigan, makes sure all of his Detroit cosmetic surgery candidates come in with realistic expectations. Unrealistic expectations lead to disappointment with the end results, which doesn’t make anyone happy.

It’s also important to know what type of procedure you want to explore. Liquid fillers have different effects than Botox, and both of those procedures are vastly different from surgical facelifts, brow lifts and so on. Each procedure has its pros and cons, depending on what you’re trying to accomplish.

If you’re trying to make your selfie look better, try Photoshop. But if you’re trying to make your face look more like your inner, youthful self, talk to a cosmetic surgeon and discuss your options.

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