2015 Cosmetic Surgery Trends (Series – Part 1 of 6)


Facebook and FaceTime – Time to rethink your image?

We’ve all experienced it, make-up done, hair looking good and somewhat confident in our appearance when we accidentally hit FaceTime, or a request comes through, shattering every positive image we held about ourselves into a million little pieces. Video chatting like Skype and other video conferencing mediums can contort our faces into angles that should be illegal!  These video images can appear more like looking into a crystal ball, or a funhouse mirror than at an actual real life reflection of an actual human being. Blemishes, wrinkles and age spots appear from nowhere and we are forced to face the fact that the reflection (while scary) could be (slightly) accurate.

Since most people hold their smart phones and situate their computers at a low angle, this creates an unflattering view of their face, which highlights any sagging or lack of muscle or skin definition in their chin and jawline. It also accentuates any fat that is present under the chin. This angle is just about the least flattering position for their face and unfortunately it’s become the most common way we begin and establish relationships.

Back in the dark ages when you answered a phone you did not have to worry about how you looked. Or when you were out with your friends you never had to worry that the way you looked that evening was going to be documented on film for millions of people to see and permanently cemented in time.

This new way of seeing ourselves is leading to the increase in interest for cosmetic procedures here in Tampa as well as Plastic Surgery in Tampa. But the growing interest also includes the rest of the country when it comes to making the connection between social media and cosmetic surgery. Finding a reputable board certified plastic surgeon that can help reduce or eliminate the so-called “flaws” that keep us awake at night may help you put your concerns into perspective.

Today we are all far more conscious of how we look. And so far the selfie trend seems to shows no signs of slowing down, or expiring in 2015 and probably beyond. Growing numbers of fanatic and faithful fans from tweens all the way to seniors are seeing their pictures plastered all over the social media movement. This trend is understandably making most people these days, more cognizant (and judgmental) of their appearance.

Experts expect an increase in requests for neurotoxins, fillers, rhinoplasty, eyelid lifts and neck contouring as well as other facial cosmetic surgery procedures based on the increased images in the social media realm.  The so-called “FaceTime Facelift” is used to treat sagging in the neck and lower part of the face as well as get rid of unwanted fat underneath the chin. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers a unique perspective into the growing interest in today’s cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery.

Looking young has become an obsession across the globe. But how much is too much? There are many little tweaks that can be made simply with expert make-up techniques. While some think that the trend for cosmetic procedures is excessive, one thing is for certain; technology is part of our daily lives in this new digital era, and cameras are a huge and growing part of that technology. In this day and age, it is nearly impossible to get away from the cameras and the public eye whether you are a celebrity or not. Being comfortable with our physical image is important for our mental wellbeing. But keeping it into perspective is just as important. You may be able to fix the flaws that bother you so much by simply changing the angle of your phone or computer!

But if you still feel self-conscience you should make an appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr Aguiar. At Aguiar Plastic Surgery, we offer state-of-the art, safe, and effective cosmetic procedures, plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery, and Med Spa services in Tampa, Florida. We can discuss your concerns and give you an honest consultation that is designed and tailored to grow your self- confidence, not our business.

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