Why the increase in younger people seeking cosmetic plastic surgery?
Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures are seeing a shift in age within the Northern Virginia, Washington DC area. Why is there a shift to younger people seeking cosmetic plastic surgery procedures? As being reported by multiple sources, one of the reasons can be because of “The Age of Selfies.”
A recent article contributed to The Washington Post by Dr. Daria Hamrah (March 2019), stated, “The self-taken photograph is warping the confidence of many younger people in unsettling ways. They come to my offices, show me selfies and point to (say) an asymmetry in their lips - a totally normal variation. Often they will have already searched online till they've found someone with a similar "issue" who fixed it with surgery.”
This local article peeked our interest and wanted to see if “selfies” were the only thing to associate the rise in younger people seeking cosmetic procedures.
As Psychology Today defined selfies, “The act of taking a selfie could make people self-conscious and more aware of how others view them. This may occur because the act forces us to focus on ourselves, much like looking in the mirror. When we become self-aware, we also become more sensitive to the extent to which we are living up to social standards and norms. If you're walking down the street minding your own business and then notice someone on the street corner staring at you, you are likely to become more aware of your appearance and actions and more concerned with how that person is judging you. This awareness of how others might be judging us or reacting to us is called “social sensitivity.”
It’s not just taking selfies that are making us self-conscious, but the use of the camera filters. The difference between taking photos up close and personal with no filter compared to a selfie with a filter makes a huge difference. The filters provide instant smoothing, softening of facial features with pretty lighting and makeup touches. To get many likes and comments about how pretty one looks with filters lends to people looking at themselves in mirrors and wanting their “filtered” self to be their true self.
An article in the Chicago Tribune, “Millennials, a generation made up of 20- and 30-somethings, are showing up in plastic surgeons’ offices for a variety of procedures. Some request surgery. But many want “prejuvenation,” or what the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery describes as noninvasive treatments like Botox or chemical peels that aim to slow the results of aging, rather than correct them.”
Are Selfies the only reason why younger people are seeking out cosmetic procedures?
Plastic surgery used to be something people didn’t openly share. Social media seems to make young women less inclined to hide the cosmetic work they pursue. It’s really not taboo anymore, and that goes for surgical procedures too. Botox and fillers are just kind of viewed right now as almost reasonable maintenance.
Many might simply see cosmetic surgery as another form of self-care. Dr. Lara Devgan, a New York City plastic surgeon and RealSelf chief medical officer, said young women establish self-care routines that translate to aging prevention and maintenance. They ask her for “baby Botox,” she said, to look “better but not different.”
Starting “prevention” too early can have adverse effects. Plastic surgeons should be selective in helping young people with cosmetic procedures when that patient is seeking to obtain results like those seen of someone similar on the internet. It creates the need to have an honest conversation between surgeon and patient of patient’s expectations, and being able to justify procedure with risks and returns. Dr. Magassy is top-rated within the Northern Virginia, Washington DC area. During your consultation he will be able to give you expert advice on surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
Don’t trust any type of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures to the “cheapest” doctor. Make sure you look at the surgeon’s credentials to make sure they are top-rated and most importantly, board certified. Plastic Surgery Associates’ private surgical suite is conveniently located in McLean, VA for patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland. We look forward to scheduling your consultation and welcoming you to Plastic Surgery Associates, PC.