Selfie culture has brought with it a whole new lingo and, for some, a newfound vanity. Nowhere is this more evident than in a new trend identified by Elle magazine: “hand lifts.”
It's a plastic surgery procedure for hands, used most frequently by newly-engaged women who want to show off their rings via selfies on their social media pages.
As Elle puts it, “These days, most of us are finding out about our friends' engagements not from hyperventilating phone calls or caps-lock Facebook status updates, but from Instagram selfies of sparkling rings with hashtags like #wereengaged, #saidyes, and #putaringonit.”
But Elle says this “new visual platform for engagement announcements” is “stirring up some major insecurities. Hands are one of the first places on the body to age, and apparently Instagram filters that smooth out our skin while simultaneously making the scenery look like a 1970s French film are just not cutting it.”
As a result, hand lifts have been gaining in popularity, with New York dermatologist Dr. Ariel Ostad telling Elle he's performed an estimated 40 percent more such procedures each year since the rise of social media and selfies.
Th hand lift procedure is simple, but not cheap. “Ostad injects Juvéderm (which can also be used on the face) into the hands to smooth out wrinkles and plump the skin with instant results,” Elle reports. “The procedure takes 10 minutes, costs around $1,200, and will last about nine months. JuveDerm does not freeze muscle movement like Botox, rather it treats wrinkles by restoring lost volume. The patients can move their hands right after they receive the procedure.”
Ostad, meanwhile, also says he's had an increase in requests for tucks to fix “tech neck,” a new name for the wrinkles and fine lines in the neck caused by caused by constantly looking down at a phone and computer, Elle reports.