In the age of social media, the world has witnessed a dramatic transformation in various aspects of our lives. One industry that has been significantly influenced by this digital revolution is plastic surgery. Social media platforms have not only changed the way we communicate and share information but have also shaped societal beauty standards and impacted the perception and practice of plastic surgery.
The Rise of Selfie Culture
The proliferation of smartphones and social media platforms has given rise to the “selfie culture,” with individuals constantly capturing and sharing photos of themselves. As a result, people have become more self-aware of their appearance and are increasingly seeking ways to enhance their features. This has led to a surge in interest and demand for plastic surgery procedures, as individuals strive to achieve their perfect look.
The advent of filters has created a generation of people eager to change their look or augment a certain feature. They may then look to plastic surgery to enhance their features and give them that filtered, flawless look.
We also saw the “Zoom effect” blossom into full force when COVID-19 caused many businesses to move remote. Seeing ourselves in our computer cameras for large amounts of time gave rise to more interest in plastic surgery procedures to address areas of the face including the nose, double chin, and jawline. The benefits of work-from-home culture have also revolutionized cosmetic surgery. Patients are able to have the surgeries they’ve been dreaming of without needing to miss a lot of work, since they can work remotely. This has made plastic surgery much more accessible.
Influencer Culture and Celebrity Endorsements
Social media influencers and celebrities play a significant role in shaping beauty standards and influencing public perception. Many influencers openly discuss their plastic surgery experiences and share before-and-after photos, normalizing and destigmatizing these procedures. This has led to an increased acceptance of plastic surgery, as followers seek to emulate the looks of their favorite influencers or celebrities.
Consequently, our plastic surgeons have seen a rise in requests for specific procedures that are made popular on social media. We see trends on TikTok like buccal fat removal, jawline contouring with filler, and even rapid recovery breast augmentation. Similarly, patients may come in requesting specific features from a celebrity, such as Kylie Jenner lips.
Access to Information and Patient Empowerment
Social media platforms have made information accessible to everyone, allowing individuals to acquire a wealth of resources on plastic surgery. Patients can research different procedures, read reviews, and engage with others who have undergone similar treatments. This access to information has empowered patients to make more informed decisions and have meaningful discussions with our surgeons during consultations. Moreover, patients can now view before-and-after photos and gain realistic expectations of the outcomes, which contributes to improved patient satisfaction. We firmly believe that an educated patient is more likely to feel empowered in their treatment choice as they better understand the procedure, possible risks, and benefits. To this end, our surgeons have been busy creating educational content for potential patients to read, watch, and listen to, so that they are informed by experts in the field.
Increased Demand for Nonsurgical Procedures
Social media’s emphasis on instant gratification and the desire for quick results has led to a surge in the demand for nonsurgical procedures. Many people prefer noninvasive treatments, such as injectables and medical spa treatments, as they require minimal downtime and provide immediate results. These procedures are often showcased on social media, with influencers and users sharing their experiences and results. As a result, the plastic surgery industry has witnessed a significant shift towards nonsurgical treatments to meet this growing demand, especially with Gen Z patients.
Social media has undoubtedly transformed the plastic surgery industry, influencing the demand for specific procedures, shaping beauty standards, and empowering patients with knowledge. While social media has provided numerous benefits, it is crucial to approach plastic surgery decisions with appropriate research and realistic expectations. We believe that it’s important to recognize the impact of social media and engage in open, honest discussions with our patients to ensure that the goals and motivations behind plastic surgery align with their individual well-being and mental health. And as always, no matter what procedure you are looking into, it’s important to make sure you are seeing a board-certified plastic surgeon for beautiful and safe results.