Trend Alert: Patients want to look like they do with Instagram filters

Trend Alert: Patients want to look like they do with Instagram filters


While it’s not uncommon for those seeking cosmetic procedures to request certain celebrities’ features, the latest plastic surgery trend sees women using their own edited snapshots and flawlessly filtered Instagram selfies.

According to a study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, one in three plastic surgeons have seen an uptick in requests for facial plastic surgery procedures due to people wanting to look better in selfies. Many attribute this to the use of filters on Instagram, the social media app. Instagram has a number of filters that allow people to see a better version of themselves with a swipe of their finger. These filters are being used so often, people regularly see the potential for beauty, and come into plastic surgeon’s offices with questions about how to achieve “that look.”

Filters are increasingly popular, with the Willow filter making faces look a little more defined and the Early bird filter giving a warmer, softer glow. According to The Daily News, certain filters, such as Rise and Toaster, can de-emphasize pores and imperfections by highlighting your skin, while others such as black and white filters are eliminating red or ruddy complexions.

Many patients coming into their plastic surgeons’ offices are generally concerned with wrinkles around their mouth, their complexion, and dark spots or red spots. Non-surgical treatments such as Botox, dermal fillers, and chemical peels can take care are many of these issues.

One patient used Instagram filters to disguise her sagging jowl. Realizing that she wanted to look like she did in her edited photos, she opted to have a neck lift after showing her surgeon her Instagram pics and is no longer using filters on her selfies.

The future of social media, is visual content. Everybody has a phone, can take a picture and share it easily. The question becomes what is the image you want to show? And selfie is one way in which you can control that.

Although this new trend may seem odd, it is considered by those in the industry as a step in the right direction. For one, the people who ask for these procedures do not wish to look like another person. They only want to be better or younger-looking versions of themselves. This goes right along with the known positive effects of plastic surgery and an individual’s confidence.

The AAFPRS said this new selfie driven trend shows no sign of declining as there’s been a 33% bump in procedures driven by self-awareness from social media since 2013. After all, selfie sticks were ‘must-have gifts of this past holiday season.’