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As yet another testament to the power of social media, users are now turning to plastic surgery to look more presentable online. Facebook Facelift—“the surgery for the iPhone generation” is all the rage these days, with more people paying doctors for facial procedures such as chin augmentation, scar removal, and nose job.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recorded a 71 percent increase in chin augmentation last year while the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found out in a 2011 poll that 31 percent of doctors had observed a spike in the number of patients going under the knife to look their best online. India, a pioneering country in plastic surgery, is also picking up on the trend, with at least 20 people in their 20s and 30s undergoing Facebook Facelift in a month, according to Dr. Anup Dhir, cosmetic surgeon at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital.
While the trend is considered drastic in proportion to its purpose, doctors wave off Facebook Facelifts as minor surgeries. Social media users who underwent Facebook Facelift prefer subtle changes. They go for the “refreshed and on top of their game” looks and won’t risk looking Photoshopped and losing a fair deal in making genuine contact in an image-sharing digital space.
Facebook Facelift requests would probably spike exponentially as people become more enmeshed in social media platforms. To date, online presence serves a multitude of purposes from career growth to branding, to networking and dating. A presentable profile picture can go as far as improving one’s self-esteem, which can lead to better performance at work, school, and other areas of life.
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