If people would have cosmetic enhancements before posting their photos on Match.com, then why not social media sites, like Facebook? With 901 million monthly active Facebook users as of 2012, it is no secret that the social networking website Facebook has taken the world by storm. Status messages, links, and videos are uploaded everyday by users who want to share and be connected with friends and relatives. In addition, a whopping 300 million photos are shared by being uploaded each day. If this is the online place to be seen, then some people will go to greater lengths than normal to look good.
Being tagged by unflattering photos has recently been a concern among its users. A recent survey showed that one fourth of women are critical with their appearance. Though most would just like to dress better, wear make-up and make sure that their hair looks tidy, there are some who consider plastic surgery so that they would be Facebook-worthy for photos. Dubbed as “Facebook Facelifts”, face augmentation rose to 71% over the past year. Common procedures include creating a sharper jaw line and straightening a crooked nose. Since the introduction of high definition multimedia, some people are also considering Botox to hide their wrinkles from the highly detailed cameras.
Laura Jones, from the report of The Sun, went through plastic surgery. Normally, Laura would pose in an angle to hide her nose bump. However, it developed issues when friends would post her photos with awkward camera angles. Since Facebook is a free-for-all sharing website, they would not need her consent. After dissatisfaction of the said posted photos, according to her, simply un-tagging herself was not enough.
Another user, Triana Lavey, a 37-year old who works as a television producer was recently featured by ABC News online. Since a great deal of her work depends on being in social networking sites, she developed being self-conscious about her chin after seeing her photos posted. Like Laura, posing in different camera angles had very little effect thus, she decided to go on surgery to have her chin improved, costing her $12,000-$15,000.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Adam Schaffner from New York explains how social media can serve as an eye opener for the need in cosmetic surgery. He states in an interview that looking in the mirror is one’s view of their selves while looking at yourself in social media is how the online world sees you. Slashgear said that people want to look good to everyone even if they might not even see each other personally.
Concern about how they look online is not limited to Facebook. Facetime and Skype also contribute to the growing concern of how people look in videos. A report on a technology website called Betabeat reports Dr. Robert K. Sigal from Virginia, who published a press release about the “Facetime Facelift”. The said procedure focuses on giving stronger and slimmer features for the face and the neck which is emphasized by the way users hold their phones, usually at a downward angle below their face.
Thanks to plastic surgery, problem areas are solved and many people are more satisfied with their online photos as well as videos. Any angle is a great angle. Ashley Weller, a mother who underwent surgery to make herself slimmer exclaims that looking terrible at photos is now the least of her concerns.