Posting more selfies is associated with increased interest in plastic surgery

According to a new study, if you want to publish selfies on social networks, you may be looking for a facelift, a new nose, hair implants or a tit job.

Adults who regularly use social media are more likely to consider plastic surgery to improve their online appearance.

In addition, there seems to be a direct link between a person's interest in plastic surgery and the use of social media.

Plastic surgery becomes an increasingly attractive option as adults invest more in social media or develop greater self-esteem in their personal lives, according to study author Dr. Lisa Ishii of the Department of Surgery Johns Hopkins University's plastic and reconstructive facial in Baltimore and his colleagues.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Daria Hamrah said the results reflect what he has seen in his practice in recent years.
"I see more and more patients coming to my office and showing me their digitally modified selfies and asking me to give them to surgery," said Hamrah, whose NOVA SurgiCare practice is based in McLean, Virginia. which leads to very difficult conversations and disappointments. "

Every day, 650 billion selfies are published on different social media. Michael Reilly. He is an associate professor of plastic and reconstructive facial surgery at the MedStar University Hospital in Georgetown, Washington, DC.

Selfies have become a kind of epidemic, said Reilly, who co-wrote an editorial on the online study published June 27 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

To determine whether this epidemic was affecting a person's desire to change appearance, Johns Hopkins researchers surveyed 252 adults aged 18 to 55 on their social media usage, their esteem of self and their interest in plastic surgery.

Investigators found that people who use popular social media like YouTube, Tinder and Snapchat consider plastic surgery a more positive option.

People were also more likely to see plastic surgery in a favorable light when they regularly used personal image filters, removed selfies because they did not work or did not improve them at their own. taste, or that their self-esteem rested more on their appearance. the researchers reported.
"Personally, I find this very alarming," said Reilly. "This is not a healthy behavior."

He believes that social media can hurt self esteem when people are constantly comparing themselves to others.

"On Facebook, you can quickly compare 50 people in five minutes and everyone is doing their best," said Reilly. "This can lead to a lot of insecurity and self-esteem."

Hamrah agreed.

"It's not so much the actual use of social media that motivates patients to undergo cosmetic surgery, but rather their low self-esteem and self-esteem, exacerbated by an ascending social comparison." reference to a comparison with those who are considered superior properties, "said Hamrah.

Interestingly, Reilly noted that people who publish such flattering images of themselves usually do not gain self-esteem.

"Studies have shown that your self-esteem goes down when you post a picture of yourself, whether or not you can edit digital photography," he said.

This does not mean that the use of all social media is bad. People who use social media to promote a sense of belonging (to share ideas with like-minded people) or to document events in their lives (successful sporting event or personal accomplishment) tend to cope with better self-esteem, said Reilly.

Ultimately, regular social media users should step back from time to time to really think about what websites and apps will feel for them, he suggested.

"If you find that you feel worse about certain types of media, it means you have to delete that information from your directory," Reilly said.

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