STATES CHRONICLE – Ahh, the selfie. What a rich history this photography technique has managed to gather in such a short time. It even became an official word, being added to the English dictionary in 2013. But how is it that this widely dissented form of photography is so popular yet so hated at the same time?
Well, it mostly has something to do with mentality and culture. While it has definitely become a pretty huge part of our culture, the selfie is also seen by some as being very dumb – pretty much as the photographic equivalent of wearing crocs. But that didn’t stop it from becoming an international phenomenon.
And this type of photography apparently has resounding results throughout our entire mentality, as a new study reveals that selfies led to a surge in American lip surgeries. How can this be, you ask? Well, over the past year, people have been customizing their faces to look their best in selfies.
According to a report brought to light from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 2015 brought with it the largest increase ever in the number of facial plastic surgery. Lip procedures are the ones that saw the second highest increase, as they grew by double digits in every region of the United States.
In fact, according to the president of the ASPS, Dr. David Song, 2015 saw a whopping 27,449 lip implants across both men and women, a 48 percent increase since the year 2000 and averaging at about one procedure every nineteen minutes. Lip injections were, in fact, the most popular lip procedure.
The most wanted facial procedure was in fact dermabrasion, a kind of skin resurfacing procedure which removes old skin and leaves softer, younger skin at the surface. And all of these, according to the ASPS report, are owed to the increase in popularity of the selfie.
Even dentists reported a very large increase in the number of procedures requested, as people want the best possible smile to showcase in their collection of selfies. But here is where the real issue begins. Aside from the fact that the lips are usually only the beginnings of a long cosmetic surgery history, selfies might actually distort the self-image perceived by the patient.
This is caused by that fact that the selfie is a picture taken from up-close, and by the slightly distorting cameras in modern day cellphones. The fact is that no matter how hard you try, you will always come out a bit distorted in a selfie, particularly because of the close angle at which the photo is taken.
Many a picture taker has approached a plastic surgeon’s or a dentist’s office with a selfie as guidance for what they want to change about themselves, only to find out that in real life those teeth aren’t actually so big, or the nose would look weird if it were made any smaller.
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