Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the British think-tank has come up with a study that says plastic surgeons can thank the social media for a rapid increase in the popularity of cosmetic surgery. It is only because of social media that people throughout the world have been instigated to spend more on cosmetic surgery procedures. There has been an increased attention to appearance in people because of the growing trend of posting filtered photos bon the different social media sites. this is the reason why more and more people are considering plastic surgery to get their deformed parts of the face and the body re-done. However, it is also worth noting that this might have an adverse effect on the pre-teens.
Expenditures on Plastic Surgery Procedure in USA and UK
In the United States, it has been surveyed that people have spent around $16 billion on minimally invasive processes and pure plastic surgeries in the year 2016. The total spending on plastic surgeries and non-invasive procedures has increased to what it was in the year 2015. As per the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, people spent approximately $13.5 billion and $12 billion on plastic surgeries and non-invasive procedures in the years 2015 and 2014 respectively. Similar proportional increase has also been noted in the United Kingdom pointing out the same craze among people for plastic surgery procedures. In both these countries, the widespread use of social media sites is being considered one of the major factors driving this growth.
How Social media Forces People to Go for Plastic Surgery?
People are using different social media sites throughout the world. the judgements that come for the appearances of the people are in the form of likes. These judgement work as a driving force in creating an environment that is quite competitive. This is because the appearances of people are evaluated by others and since these judgments are communicated by way of smartphones, they tend to be ever-present encouraging continuous self-checking. Furthermore, the scope of digitally changing and even enhancing the photographs aggravates the perceived requirement of always looking the best thus making it harder for people to accept more real images. Here, it is important to note that the different social media platforms do not work in a vacuum. They have functions working with wider cultural trends. The popularity of airbrushed images, makeover shows and celebrity culture aggravate the personal security of an individual over professed defects and therefore they consider plastic surgery as the one and the only logical response.
Undergoing a plastic procedure for managing appearance or for changing appearance can be enabling and positive for an individual. however, it comes with the earning against communal harms resulting from the rise in plastic surgery culture which includes heightened anxiousness about personal appearances among the adults. The way social media influences people into opting for cosmetic surgery might be a concern for children.