Is our selfie culture leading to more plastic surgery?
As we take selfies and spend more time looking at ourselves, it can lead to some men and women taking a more critical view of their appearance. Filters on smartphones can blend in blemishes, wrinkles, signs of aging and sun damage, but when people want to translate the filter’s effects into real life, that’s where plastic surgery comes in.
Facial rejuvenation options fall into two main categories: minimally-invasive and surgical procedures.
Neuromodulators/Botulinum toxin type A
There are risks when using neuromodulators, but they’re temporary. Depending on where you inject them, you can weaken some muscles of facial expression so it’s possible that patients can lose some of their expressivity. That’s usually not a problem for those people who aren’t bothered by it. Also, you can have injections on your forehead or in between your eyebrows that change the shape or position of your eyebrow. If it gets too near your eyelid, however, you can sometimes get a droopiness of the eyelid, which is temporary.
Neuromodulators in the face tend to last about three months. It’s a great way to “stick your toe in the water” of cosmetic enhancement, “try something on for size” and, if you like it, come back and get it again. If you don’t like it, it will wear off.
Soft tissue fillers
If you’re trying these out for the first time, a judicious use of the appropriate soft tissue filler that gives you a short-term result in the three- to seven-month range will allow you to try it on, see how you like it, come back and get more. If you don’t like it, then it’ll wear off on its own. If you really don’t like it, there’s an “antidote” to some of the fillers that essentially dissolves it within a day and makes it all go away. Some people take comfort in knowing if they really hate it, they can do something about it.
These powerful, more invasive surgical techniques can deliver some very significant and impactful results. They’re performed in an operating room and involve more downtime.
If you seem to be very concerned about the appearance of your face, you don’t have to be 60 or 70 years old to quality for rejuvenation. Rejuvenation can happen at any time, as long as you’re an appropriate candidate. Look for an American Board of Plastic Surgery board-certified plastic surgeon who can do an analysis to determine the appropriate procedure to deliver the desired results.
Jeffrey Janis is a professor in the department of plastic surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.