Instagram filter surgery on the rise as women attempt to look like their edited selfies
You can thank Instagram for the latest beauty trend: plastic surgery designed to make people look like their filtered selfies.
“This is a huge trend,” said New York City-based plastic surgeon Doctor Elie Levine. “People are bringing in pictures of themselves taken at a favorite angle or filtered, and saying they want to look like that.”
But not every Instagram filter has to be mimicked with surgery. Doctor Jonathon Kaplan can usually achieve the look with things like fillers and Botox injections.
“The patients coming in with the filters for Instagram are mostly concerned with wrinkles around their mouth, complexion and different blemishes, dark spots or red spots, and that’s great for them because you don’t really need any surgical procedure,” he said.
The selfie-based surgeries have even reached into the realm of the engagement selfie, with some women getting “hand-lifts” to remove veins and other blemishes so they can get flawless pictures of their hands … and the diamonds on their fingers.
There is some worry, however, about the psychological impact of trying to achieve such a warped sense of beauty and perfection. California-based psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser noted, “Filters are something special that are designed for a camera, not a plastic surgeon’s fingers.”
Still, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery says that this trend “shows no signs of declining.”
Check out Good Morning America‘s coverage of the surprising new trend below.