Taking photos is incredibly easy these days. A far cry from the days of film, practically every electronic gadget we own has a camera built in, memory cards keep growing, and social media provides an outlet for posting pictures of everything from last night’s dinner to a trip to the Pyramids, to self-portraits. It’s this last category that tends to get people thinking–about rhinoplasty, chin implants, and other facial plastic surgery. Seeing one’s flaws amplified on camera, often in high definition, can be a rude awakening.
Living life under a microscope
Never before have we been under such close scrutiny from the world. An employer can type a potential employee’s name into Google and get a good idea about how that person has lived his or her life–their triumphs and indiscretions, and their flattering and not-so-flattering photographs. With so much media on us available to everyone we meet, it’s not surprising that more people than ever want to improve their appearance through cosmetic surgery. A plastic surgeon interviewed by betabeat.com explained why many people have been influenced by social media to seek cosmetic procedures: “With a good degree of frequency, people will come in and say, ‘I saw myself in the mirror, but I didn’t really notice it until I saw myself on Facebook or on my iPhone or iPad… When you look in the mirror you’re seeing the mirror image of yourself. But when you see yourself on social media, you’re seeing yourself the way the world sees you.”
So why are so many people taking the leap?
The image you present online has a huge impact on your life on and off-screen. Most people want to look great when those Google search results come back or in that Skype meeting over webcam. Everyone wants to look good, and anxiety over appearance can easily develop into low self-esteem and confidence.
Think you’re ready for a rhinoplasty?
If you’re considering nasal surgery, it’s important to make sure you’re getting a rhinoplasty for the right reasons. Don’t get the surgery just because you feel pressured by external influences to do so. Do it for yourself. You don’t want to regret your decision in the future.
If you’re ready to take the next steps toward a beautiful new nose, schedule a consultation with rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), Massachusetts.