In a new survey released March 2014 by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), it was reported an increase in cosmetic procedures due to Social Media and selfies. One in three facial plastic surgeons surveyed experienced an increase in requests for elective procedures due to patients being more self aware of looks in social media, with a 10 percent increase in rhinoplasty in 2013 over 2012. Manhattan rhinoplasy surgeon Sam Rizk, MD, FACS corroborates this trend, noting a spike in patients seeking rhinoplasty due to social media in his own practice.
"Social media platforms have become omnipresent, consumers look at Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube before turning on the news," says Dr, Rizk. "These channels are image driven, giving consumers a constant self-directed mirror or microscope of their own. This image bombardment often generates more self-scrutiny and can escalate the desire for perceived self-improvement more than ever before."