Requests for surgery as a result of social media photo sharing rose 31 percent in 2012, reports the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
According to Drs Rick and Arlene Noodleman, as more photos are being posted online, more people are undergoing cosmetic procedures; however, despite being in the plastic surgery business, the physicians have reiterated the importance of skin care using cosmetic products rather than invasive surgery.
Social media pressure
“People especially want to look their best when hundreds, or even thousands, of viewers are looking at their photos – we hear it, too,” says the physician team at Silicon Valley’s Age Defy Dermatology and Wellness.
“The good news is that there are now effective, minimally-invasive, low downtime approaches that reduce or even eliminate the appearance of sun-damaged, aging skin,” Rick adds.
Both physicians emphasize that the key to youthful skin is both correction and prevention and that this can be achieved by topical products as well as a healthy diet.
“Achieving beautiful, healthy skin is a process, not an event. It’s accomplished by working from the outside-in and the inside-out,” says Arlene. “The link between nutrition and the quality of your skin is also ‘written all over your face’.”
Topical over invasive
Rather than turning to the table, the US physicians say there are a number of corrective and preventative steps that consumers and prospective surgery patients should be educated on before a cosmetics procedure becomes an option.
Amongst these, sun protection is the most prominent for all skin types, but face creams, exfoliators and moisturisers are also highlighted has key to good skin health.
“No matter what your skin type, healthy eating is [also] an essential component of a good skin care regimen,” continues Arlene.
“Take a holistic approach to your skin’s health. Taking corrective and preventive measures that reduce sun-damage, increase exercise, promote healthy eating and decrease stress will help you look your best.”