Wisconsin is holding up a new mirror to itself and sees room for
The selfie has
given rise to more than a flood of self-portraits on Facebook and
Instagram; the ability to show oneís face in an
up-close-and-personal manner has increased visits to plastic surgeons
to improve those images.
Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reported recent
survey results showing that 13 percent of its 2,700 members cite
social media as a cause in the increase in patients seeking facial
procedures. The survey noted a 10 percent increase in rhinoplasty, 7
percent increase in hair transplants and 6 percent increase in eyelid
surgery from 2012 to 2013.
support the notion of selfie remorse. That unhappiness with oneís
appearance, they say, is driven well beyond age and gender.
notice things more because we have so much instant access to these
images," says Dr. Alex Colque of Skiin in Waukesha. "These
photos show a lot of animation when smiling, laughing or frowning. You
are able to see more."
patients typically pull out their phone and show him what is often a
face that looks angry or tired. He said surgical and nonsurgical
procedures will address hanging skin, drooping eyelids and thin lips.
Skiin offers a
number of surgical and nonsurgical procedures designed to tighten skin
and eliminate wrinkles. Ideally, Colque says, the need and approach
should be a patient-physician partnership.
"We need to
be on the same page as to what needs to be done," adds Colque.
"There is a balance between what is a specific issue and what may
be normal facial movements."
That balance isnít
always in harmony, says Dr. Bruce Massaro. He specializes in eyelid
plastic surgery in the Mayfair Mall Medical Tower. "Sometimes
there are strange-looking photos captured at strange moments,"
Massaro says, "but I think those photos are a distraction. I donít
find it very helpful. A red flag goes up when someone wants to show me
says, patients would have a more well-rounded reason to want to make
improvements. "In any business, you want your customers to be
happy," Massaro says. "I would rather not see those photos
but to discuss their overall situation and what will make them happy
as a result of going through treatment or procedures."
Campbell of Quintessa Medical Spa in Mequon and Sheboygan is also the
chair of the Emerging Trends in Technologies Committee of the American
Academy of Facial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Even before the
selfie emergence, he noticed social media-based self-awareness started
with online chatting and Skyping.
because grandparents trying to keep in touch with family would see
themselves not in the best light," Campbell says. "The skin
around their neck would be accentuated and double chins were
In additional to
available plastic surgery, Quintessa Medical Spa utilizes cosmetic
surgical procedures, including laser treatments and products such as
oneís selfies are just one aspect of determining if seeing a
specialist is warranted, Campbell says.
aging, but mentally they are not getting any older" he says.
"Most people come in and just say ĎI hate the way I look.í
Their sense of self does not match their appearance."