The Effect of Social Media on Cosmetic Surgery

There’s no denying that social media is changing many aspects of our lives, such as how we interact with friends and family. The nature of social media is also causing some to spend more time evaluating the face they present to the world, both figuratively and literally. A new study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, “revealed that one in three facial plastic surgeons surveyed saw an increase in requests for procedures due to clients being more self aware of looks in social media.” The study goes on to say that “13% of AAFRPS members surveyed identified increased photo sharing and clients’ dissatisfaction with their own image on social media sites as a rising trend in practice.”


Commenting on the results of the study, Edward Farrior, MD, president of the Academy, said that image based social media is causing cosmetic surgery clients to “hold a microscope up to their own image and often look at it with a more self-critical eye than ever before…These images are often the first impressions young people put out there to prospective friends, romantic interests and employers and our clients want to put their best face forward.”


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The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as how invasive the treatment is, the length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or today!


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