It’s no secret that our culture is evolving thanks to the invention of the smartphone. Now that we have cameras that can fit in the palm of one’s hand, it’s easier than ever to see a person’s best side. People take selfies every single day and flaunt their best shots throughout social media. It’s just the way things are; everyone wants to be glamorous these days.
Incidentally, the standards for a person’s beauty have also skyrocketed thanks to the invention of filter-friendly apps like Instagram. People are trying to look better than ever, and these days, having features that aren’t photogenic isn’t acceptable. Yes, it’s true—a camera ready face has definitely gotten its time in the sun today.
Most experts call the new emphasis on taking photos of your face “Selfie Culture,” and it’s no secret that it’s going strong. It’s a culture that has brought out celebrities like Kim Kardashian, clothing brands like Fashion Nova, and many more.
Selfie Culture: A Social Impact
Though it’s not unheard of to hear about older individuals taking selfies, it’s common knowledge that Selfie Culture is a primarily Millennial and Generation Z phenomenon. Younger people show their social status through their selfies, use selfies as a way to get dates on Tinder, and even follow trends involving selfies.
The interesting thing about selfies is that their commonality has made it possible for people to do a wide variety of different things. Criminal investigators have had better luck identifying suspects and creating technology that allows for facial recognition. Makeup companies have been able to create marketing campaigns by using their customers’ selfies.
With almost every group in the aesthetic industry, people have become increasingly likely to pull up a photo of a favorite celebrity or a friend to help them show what they would like their hair, makeup, clothing, or faces to look like.
In The Aesthetics Office
It seems like having a phone on hand might actually be the best thing for people who work in the aesthetic industry—or want work done, for that matter. What better way to show a doctor what you want, than to pull up photos that illustrate it perfectly?
Plastic surgeons have been noticing a sharply rising trend among their clients, and it’s one they’re increasingly thankful for. More and more of their clients are now choosing to illustrate their particular cosmetic needs using selfies to illustrate their plastic surgery goals.
A recent study showed that approximately 55 percent of all plastic surgeons have had a client bring in selfies as a way to explain to them what they want to have done. The study noted that people who are younger are much more likely to whip out their cellphones to do this—and that it might actually be good for them to do so.
The trend is rising at a breakneck speed. Last year alone, only 42 percent of surgeons saw patients who brought in selfies as part of their consultation aids. This marks a whopping 13 percent increase over the course of a single year. It’s a trend rise that shows no signs of stopping any time soon, either.
Why #SelfieCulture Works With Plastic Surgery
Back before selfies had become popular among mainstream audiences, people had to use their words to describe what they wanted to look like. At best, they may have been able to refer surgeons to a favorite celebrity who has features close to what they want.
With this kind of description process going on, it’s very easy for doctors and clients to have miscommunications. A picture really is worth a thousand words, and the words they offer up can make the difference between a satisfied patient and a mortified one.
Truth be told, selfies (especially ones that are accompanied by edited “ideal” photos) are one of the best guides that surgeons can have when it comes to learning about a client’s needs. There’s only so much you can describe without a photo that actually shows the client’s face.
Getting Techy With It
A selfie alone can only do so much, which is why some clients are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to showing their ideal “before and after” selfies. Some phone apps, such as Face Tune, allow you to alter the way your face looks—and this has become a favorite tool among potential aesthetic patients.
The Most Commonly Changed Facial Feature?
It’s no secret that facial features make or break your ability to have a good selfie, but there’s definitely one facial feature that tends to get more alterations than anything else. Most Millennials and Gen Z patients use selfies (and their alterations) to illustrate the nose shape they wish they had.
The shape of your nose frames your face, and is one of the key points in a person’s visage that determines how photogenic you are. A nose that’s too large or too broad will throw your entire face’s proportions off-kilter. It’s a facial focal point, after all.
By showing how they want their noses to look like, doctors are able to determine which form of rhinoplasty best suits them more quickly. It also gives doctors a better idea of how much of a nip and tuck their clients will need.
Upgrade Your Selfie Status
Makeup, hair, and wardrobe can only do so much when you are trying to get a better selfie. Your bone structure matters just as much, if not more, than what you’re wearing or your makeup. Your nose will make or break your ability to look great in photos, and that’s actually a lifelong thing.
Rhinoplasty is a major step in the right direction for people who have been feeling frustrated about the way they look in photos. If you’ve been considering getting rhinoplasty, calling up a qualified Rhinoplasty Surgeon is a wise decision. At the office of Dr. Philip J. Miller, you will get all of your questions answered and your nose / face evaluated vs. your desired result.