Plastic Surgery And Selfies… How does Surgical Enhancement Affect Our Self-Esteem?
One in five American women considers plastic surgery as the means to improve “at least one” body part. According to the research from Elon Journal of Undergraduate Research in Communications, the influence of social media cannot be overstated as women as young as seventeen are looking to get “summer ready” and become the next Kylie Jenner with enhanced curvaceous bodies. Whether it is to fix a condition or improve one’s appearance, studies suggest that enhancement may help boost self-esteem. In fact, research published in Clinical Psychological Science claims that patients could boost a sense of satisfaction, self-esteem, and more joy in life. So that leaves us to question, does plastic surgery help or hurt our self-esteem?
Enhance the “no-filter” look
According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1 in 3 plastic surgeons reported an increase in aesthetic procedures due to social media standards. In fact, 13% of plastic surgeons claimed that patients mention their dissatisfaction with their image as a reason for surgical enhancement. Some of the most common requests from patients to look their best include:
- Eyelid surgery
- Facelift surgery
- Kybella for double chin treatment
Social media sites have become the main factor behind photos, with profile images serving as first impressions. Because of this, many feel the need to achieve that “perfect selfie.” Every person has the right to look their best and do what they please to achieve that. Whether it is an attempt to fight the progress of natural aging, reverse the clock, or change a perceived flaw, plastic surgery is becoming more used and common across the United State. As a result, Americans spent $15 billion on plastic surgery in 2016, stated by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Turn negativity into a positive impact
Although self-comparison and seeking approval continues to plague the generation, the “no-filter” trend is encouraging social media users to accept, and even challenge themselves to go sans makeup. This goes to prove just how powerful social media tools can be. So, what can you do to boost self-esteem without the need of social media?
- Follow positive role models
- Work on a healthy self-image through goals, diets, fitness, and reflection
- Stop the cycle of constructive comments
The reality of cosmetic surgery is that it cannot fix poor self-esteem but rather be used as a confidence booster. Individuals who struggle with negative body image should consider making changes to self-considered flaws instead of dwelling on it in an unhealthy way. While the no-filter beauty is desirable, individuals should know that it is acceptable to make the desired changes they want, based on their ideal enhancements, not on what they see on Instagram.