Some Turn to “Selfie Surgery” to look Better on Social Media


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Some Turn to “Selfie Surgery” to look Better on Social Media

By Cassandra Duvall. CREATED Jul 24, 2014

GREEN BAY -- Posting pictures on social media is a fun way to keep in touch with friends, but when does it go too far? A new study shows more people are going under the knife to make sure they look good in those pictures.  

From Ellen DeGeneres at the Oscars, and even the president,. everyone is all about having their close-up.
"I think it's kind of a fun thing, but I’ll tell you what, it's hard to look good on a selfie,” said Jan Balistreri feels decades younger than her age of 67. She admits she felt a little self conscious looking at selfies her grandson took with her.
“You're like oh this is fun, this is fun, until you look at them and you go, 'huh, I really am a grandma,” she said. 
Jan's not alone.  Dr. Mark Blake at the Clinic of Cosmetic Surgery in Glendale says more and more people are coming in for "selfie surgery".
"They see something on that photo that is concerning to them, bothering them, or something they want to see different,” said Dr. Blake. 
According to a new study, the rise of 'selfies' is having a huge impact on the plastic surgery industry. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery polled a group of plastic surgeons.
“In that group, they related that 30% of the people that came in. Not necessarily because the selfie made them concerned about something, but because they didn't like the way the selfie presented the way they looked,” said Dr. Edward Farrior, President of AAFPRS.
In Jan’s case, she decided to get a full facelift.  She admits she had concerns at first.
“I didn't want to lose the shape of my mouth or the shape of my eyes really and look different," she said. 
Dr. Blake feels a strong responsibility to make sure people stay true to who they are, especially when dealing with "selfie" plastic surgery.
"We can't make somebody look like someone else,” said Dr. Blake. “You can augment somebody's own natural features, but you don't want to change who somebody is."
For Jan, she is happy with her results.
“I lost the wrinkly granny neck, and the hanging face," she said. 
But what about young adults who see celebrities posting selfies on Facebook and Twitter?
Psychiatrist Tracey Cornella-Carlson says that can be dangerous for those who struggle with self-esteem.
“I am concerned there continues to be so much focus on physical appearance rather than building up the internal strengths of young individuals," said Dr. Cornella-Carlson.
She says parents need to talk to their kids.
“You just need to continue to reinforce self esteem, and build them up and say there's a lot of comparing, but appreciate who you are--this is simply a picture,” she said. 
As for Jan, she’s excited to take more selfies with her grandson, and says at least in her case, plastic surgery helped build her self confidence.
“When you come out looking younger, people treat you a little differently, yeah.  I think it's worth it," she said. 
Another thing to remember, those selfie pictures can be deceiving.  The cameras on smart phones are not made for taking close-up self portraits; they're made for wider group shots and landscape pictures.
For tips on taking better pictures without surgery, click here.