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The age of the selfies

December 8, 2014

“Selfie: an image of oneself taken by oneself using a smart phone or other digital device usually for the purpose of uploading to social media platforms.”

Some in our society see too many selfies as a touch of “narcissism” while other's see it as the way of the times and harmless. Regardless of your view thanks to the thrill of being noticed Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other platforms similar to them are here to stay.

Not just the young are doing it

The surprising thing about the art of self-portraiture is that it's not only the millennium generation who are finding them appealing. Seems that people of all ages and gender want to look good in their selfies and are willing to go to any length to get the look that will garner them more likes, followers and comments.

Like it or not, selfies are fast becoming a way of life for a large majority of folks.

But what exactly are people willing to do to get more followers, likes, shares and comments?

According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, “One in three plastic surgeons reported seeing an increase in request for facial procedures by patients who wanted to look better online. The doctors reported that between 2012 and 2013 they saw a 10 percent rise in nose jobs, a 7 percent rise in hair transplants and 6 percent rise in eyelid surgery.”

Think plastic surgeons are in it for the money?

Many may be tempted to think that plastic surgeons would perform operations on “Whosoever will let him come?” It's actually not true.

While some doctors will perform procedures on patients that they comfortably feel understand what they are getting into. Many will turn their younger want-to-be patients away until they're 18, others turn wanna be patients away if they come in to the office showing selfies from their phones.

Dr.'s point out that viewing yourself from a cell phone is not the best way to determine how one looks. Nor is it the best way to display your features.

What population does plastic surgery appeal to most?

According to CBS News, “Women are still plastic surgery's primary customers -- accounting for 81 percent of all procedures and injections, but men are increasingly becoming more interested in plastic surgery. Whereas women more often ask for face lifts and eye lifts, men are more interested in keeping their hair and in combating wrinkles.
Meanwhile, in the under-35 category, the nose job remained the most popular elective surgical procedure for both sexes, accounting for 90 percent of procedures in women and 86 percent in men.”
What should you do to look your best in a self portraiture?

The best thing to do before taking a selfie if you're self-conscious is wear clean and natural tone make-up, play up your best features. Be mindful of the lighting, and learn to use filters.

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