How far would you go to have the perfect profile pic? Would you consider a little nip-tuck? Maybe a little Botox?
According to a poll from the American Academy of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, surgeons say they’re seeing a 31 percent increase in plastic surgery requests as a result of how people want to present themselves on social media.
Doctors say, ‘We live in a very visual world, and have come to expect that we will be `Googled` or `Facebooked` before actually meeting someone face-to-face — socially or professionally.’
Surgeons say they see a lot of men and women who are executives or high-profile people who are in the public eye. Their photos get taken all the time and they never know where they may end up. Throw in high-definition television, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and suddenly your digital appearance is a big deal.
Surgeons say it’s definitely a driving force for the increase in cosmetic procedures — from Botox to neck lifts.
A survey done by Shape magazine last month found that 42 percent of people reported that social media made them feel less confident about their looks.
While plastic surgery is a drastic approach to get a better profile pic, some people are doing it. Others admit to Photoshopping their pictures before posting them.
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Read more about the trend to look good online via Time.com.