14 Dec Has Social Media Made Plastic Surgery More Common? Getting A Facelift While You’re Young
Plastic Surgery In The Age Of The Selfie
The average person spends 147 minutes every day on social media. Swiping through hundreds of photos and videos daily means a race for attention. Studies have shown that social media use can lead to poor sleep habits and is associated with depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. Content creators now try everything to make users stop and engage, and appearance plays a significant role in getting attention. Most people posting on social media want to look fantastic, and content creators making money online desire beauty even more. That’s why today, facelift procedures are becoming more acceptable at younger ages.
More than a selfie
From a content creation standpoint, a procedure like a facelift is a practical step. However, millions more people consume rather than create content. Beauty trends and lifestyle content influence these social media users, directly affecting self-esteem and perceived attractiveness. Plastic surgery is one such trend, endorsed by many celebrities and creators, making facelifts more acceptable for younger patients to pursue.
Facelifts instead of photo editing
Facelifts are surgical procedures designed to smooth and tighten the skin, reducing the signs of aging. With age, the skin loses elasticity due to less keratin and collagen production. Environmental damage, poor diet, reduced sleep, and weight changes also speed up aging. Furthermore, deep wrinkles, jowls, and folds form, creating a look different from what someone feels inside. Many people have chosen to have a plastic surgery procedure to avoid using filters and photo editing for social media and video chat.
A facelift in your 30s
Facelifts are most commonly performed in the mid-40s to early 50s. Around this age range is where people notice dramatic changes in the skin that contribute to aging. However, the average age of a facelift patient has decreased due to the demand from younger people. Social media users are more aware of wrinkles, blemishes, and early signs of aging. Facelift techniques have also improved, and surgeons now possess extensive tissue and muscle structure knowledge. Younger patients also have better healing and faster recovery.
Mini-facelifts are available
Younger patients can also benefit from mini-facelifts. These procedures use small incisions around the ear to make subtle yet effective changes in appearance. These are sometimes called weekend facelifts, as the patient requires a short recovery period. Mini-facelifts target slightly sagging skin under the neck and chin, marionette lines, and minor jowls. The procedure is also an excellent alternative for patients not seeing results from dermal fillers, lasers, and other cosmetic treatments.
Is a facelift in your future?
More and more young adults are warming up to plastic surgery to address early signs of aging. Social media has a part to play, influencing creators and consumers of content. However, doctors recommend all patients do plastic surgery for the right reasons and have realistic expectations. A consult with a surgeon beforehand can help potential patients decide if a facelift is the right choice.