Have you ever taken a selfie, looked at it, decided your nose looked massive and promptly booked an appointment with your local plastic surgeon? Probably not, though according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the selfie trend is causing an increasing number of people to undertake face-related plastic surgery. – Trevor Mogg, Digital Trends

According to a recent article reported in Digital Trends, “selfies” and social media have brought attention to individuals and their flaws. With the use of Snapchat and Instagram, two photo driven apps, on the rise, many individuals are becoming even more aware and possibly self-conscious of their facial features.

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reports that one in three plastic surgeons have seen an increase in the number of people seeking facial plastic surgery due to social media.

Talking with well-known, board certified cosmetic and plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark Mandell-Brown, he explains that he has not seen ‘social media’ as a specific reason for men or women partaking in cosmetic surgeries. “The patients that come in seeking improvements have wanted the improvements for sometime. It’s been a well thought out decision, not one made from a “poor” selfie result.”

Dr. Mandell-Brown, director of the Mandell-Brown Plastic Surgery Center, goes on to explain that these photo driven apps may help reinforce the patients want for self improvements but has not seen a specific and direct correlation between their wants and social media.

All in all, photo-sharing apps are on the rise and the popularity is only expected to increase. If you are considering plastic or cosmetic surgery, do the research and make sure to book an appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon to talk through all the options.