Jul. 23, 2012
Deborah Graham Warren

Social Media Prompts “The Facebook Facelift”

Good Mornning AmericaAs if fighting the hands of time wasn’t bad enough. Now, we’re fighting the unflattering angles of FaceTime, Facebook and SKYPE. There’s been a recent upsurge in both men and women seeking a new image of themselves—with a social media twist.

ABC News recently reported that people are seeking a “Facebook Facelift” (a chin augmentation or implant) after dissatisfaction with how they look on today’s social networking sites and video chat applications. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), chin augmentations have increased 71 percent in the last year.

News of this trend reached the public last week with a Good Morning America story about a 37-year-old television producer who turned to surgery to look better online— after repeatedly deleting and de-tagging unflattering photos of herself. (See link to the story below.) To balance out her features for the camera, she received a rhinoplasty, a chin augmentation and fat grafting.

Like it or not, social media is here to stay. From grandmas Skyping to Jane and Joe Businessperson video conferencing, we’ll continue to see ourselves from rather harsh, unnatural angles—unless technology developers get smarter about how to remedy this.

What do you think?

Has FaceTime or Facebook caused you to notice a facial feature that you feel needs attention? Do you avoid (or delete) uncomplimentary photo or video angles? Or do you laugh it off and say, “I’m ready for my close up, Mr. Facebook.” Perhaps simply repositioning our devices for the best angle is good enough. (HINT: Shoot from above. Raising your phone or tablet above face-level while tilting the screen toward you helps!)

We’d love to hear what you think! To comment, please leave your reply below.

See Good Morning America (GMA) video: Social Media Users See Plastic Surgery

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