The age of the selfie is upon us, whether you like it or not. People young and old are snapping self-portraits at an unprecedented rate, with or without “selfie sticks” to hold up the phone used to take the photos. Selfies have become such a fixture in modern life that they are beginning to influence businesses’ marketing tactics and trends in plastic surgery. In fact, the rise of the selfie has led to the first runway show featuring models taking portraits with their phone—mid show.
Dolce and Gabbana Take on the Selfie
Big brands know there’s money to be made by appealing to any trend, and for Dolce & Gabbana, using the selfie at their SS16 show in Milan at the end of September was an interesting choice that has not been fully explained. Whatever their reason for having the models take selfies on the runway, the stunt definitely made a splash, and took the social media aspect of runway shows to a whole new level. The selfies were projected onto big screens around the stage so everyone could take a look. Official hashtags for the event? #DGselfie #ITALIAISLOVE, and #dolcegabbana.
A Certain Angle of Beauty
So what does the selfie mean for our perspectives of beauty, and how does the rise of the phenomenon affect young peoples’ perceptions of their own beauty? The selfie is taken from an angle that often emphasizes certain features, such as the nose. When people notice their nose in these photos, they’re often not happy with the size or shape of their nose, or the appearance of other facial features. While some people take joy in selfies, others are somewhat self-conscious of the results they see from the photos.
The selfie fad has inspired a series of apps aimed to help people create the “perfect” selfie. Indeed, there are so many of these apps on the market these days, that there are lists of the best 10 or 15 selfie apps available for any platform. Selfie apps can do everything from discreetly removing unwanted limbs from your photos to clearing up blemishes, adjusting facial balance, and applying filters to the photos. Use enough apps, and your selfie might just stop reflecting yourself!
Trends in Plastic Surgery
Because people are starting to take a good, hard look at themselves in the camera, many are becoming self-conscious about their facial features and considering changing those features to improve their appearance and overall facial balance. While it may be surprising to find that some people seek plastic surgery to take better photos, there is more to it than that. Selfies are changing trends in plastic surgery by making people evaluate their own features, and decide what they want from their facial aesthetics.
Imaging Software—A More Accurate Look
If you are interested in learning more about what you could look like after plastic surgery, do not rely on iPhone apps. Talk to a qualified plastic surgeon and have a preview created from professional imaging software. While these previews are not exact photos of what you can expect, they are a good starting point, and much more accurate than a $2 app. A consultation with a plastic surgeon is your first step if you’re considering surgery.
Talk to an Expert
If you are feeling self-conscious about your selfies, stop and evaluate first—are you unhappy with your features all the time, or do feelings of insecurity only pop up when you pull out the camera? If you are considering plastic surgery, you should not rush into a decision simply because of your selfies. Take your time and consider your options—you do not want to regret making a permanent change to your face.
With that said, plastic surgery can be a positive and empowering experience for many patients, boosting confidence and self-esteem through improving facial balance, harmony, and overall aesthetics. Prospective patients will need to select a surgeon carefully, as finding a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon with whom you can trust to translate your vision into results is key to a successful procedure.
If you would like to consult with an expert who has over 25 years of experience in helping patients reach their cosmetic surgery goals, come to Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery and meet with esteemed, board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Stuart Bentkover. Dr. Bentkover offers a range of effective facial procedures, emphasizing natural-looking results. Call Dr. Bentkover’s offices in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA to schedule your consultation.