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Are Selfies Driving Rise in Cosmetic Surgery?

Mark Kohout - Monday, November 11, 2013

The rise in selfies could be driving an increase in plastic surgery, according to the New York Times.

The iPhone FaceTime feature has been noted for its brutally honest and unflattering portrayal of subjects. The angle and closeness tend to bring out the worst in people's faces. Writer Lynn Snowden said she wonders what's happened to her neck on her FaceTime pics, calling it the 'FaceTime surprise'.

Broker, Laurie Lewis said that he gets so many calls he sometimes fails to distinguish between the normal and FaceTime ring. As a result, he ends up face to face with clients while in unflattering positions.

A recent study found that chin implants increased by 71% from 2010 to 2011, which coincides with the release of Facetime in 2010.

Neck tightening is also on the rise, with more patients complaining about neck fat than in previous years.

Some plastic surgeons say that their patients have stopped using FaceTime due to the psychological damage it is doing.

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