Is social media responsible for increasing demand for cosmetic surgery?

social media and body imageWe are living in an increasingly connected world, with a plethora of social media platforms meaning that we are never far from seeing what others are doing as well as sharing what we are up to. Whether we’re sharing a snap of a meal in a restaurant, uploading a selfie, or face swapping with friends; social media is buzzing with photos and videos that enable us to see instantly what people look like and what they deem to be attractive.

Piling on the pressure

Social media is all about putting yourself out there, showing off what you’re doing, what you’re wearing, who you’re with and what you look like. Although it’s an exciting world to be part of, it may feel daunting to some, if they believe that how they look and feel doesn’t quite stack up versus how they want to look and feel.

It’s not just in our social lives that we have an internet presence – it can be expected that when you apply for a job that prospective employers may search for you online, looking to see if they can understand a bit more about you before meeting face to face. Like it or not, we are part of an online revolution that previous generations have not experienced before.

But what does this wealth of visual imagery do for how we perceive ourselves in relation to others? Has this greater accessibility of imagery started to encourage more people to consider undergoing cosmetic surgery to look and feel like those who they admire?

Social media and body image

According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), demand for cosmetic surgery is on the increase, and the prevalence of social media platforms is a contributing factor for this. It is also creating a demand for cosmetic surgery amongst younger people – those who are more likely to be engaging with multiple social media platforms.

Possible next steps

Although social media might be fueling a dissatisfaction with how we look compared to others and it might be tempting to find a surgical solution, the decision to go under the knife should never be taken lightly.

During your consultation with Mr Alan Park, he’ll provide you with comprehensive information on possible procedures, including possible risks, complications and the downside of surgery. His focus will be on ensuring that you’re making the decision for the right reasons and have realistic expectations on what can be achieved to ensure you’re satisfied with your cosmetic surgery decision.