Influenced by the power of the hashtag, our culture’s appetite for perfect Instagram bodies submerging our feeds have spawned an alarming number of individuals to seek out cosmetic enhancement and plastic surgery procedures. Heaps of selfies and flawlessly fit photos have transformed social media into a boundless marketplace for the industry to flourish in.
How is a person’s confidence and self-esteem not supposed to be affected by such unnatural, filtered standards and unobtainable aesthetics constantly ‘viralling’ out of control? Of course, we are going to be dissatisfied with our physical. We can’t help ourselves by comparison. Yet, we all choose to ignore the one obvious realization. Social media is simply public perception. None of this is legitimate.
More effective than traditional platforms for advertising, both the InstaCeleb and the leading professionals create exposure through their fan-base of followers. Figures like Kim Kardashian, fitness models, fashion moguls and pretend somebodies have all taken to Insta to share photos of their coveted curves or smoothed out faces. From basic make-up tutorials guiding your contour to some of the most extreme before and after results are all being delivered directly to the hand-held devices of authoritative beauty bloggers and their extended communities.
Generations of the past were much more discreet about the work they were having done. In prior decades, individuals who opted for a little nip and tuck would slip away for about a week or so only to turn up appearing miraculously rejuvenated. Nothing like some ‘R&R’ to reclaim your youthful look right? Wrong. Society was hip to your game. However, now our enlightened adolescents have no shame in injecting some filler, plumping up their pout, and minutes later showing off their new look on the Gram. Many young women are even being paid via dermal fillers to promote these serums and formulas as an avenue to boost sales among med-spas and practices.
Beauty seekers are eager to get in on the action. They are able to target large demographics without even having to try very hard. Our notoriously self-obsessed upbringing leads many women and men too willing to share information and happily document their plastic journey across the Internet.
Whether for attention, or almost a sense of civic duty to exchange reviews of their experience, a new breed of clients have been born, alongside their supplements, Fit Teas and teeth whitening kits.
Support on these networking channels can be as big of a driving force into these plastic procedures as is the negative backlash. With ever-evolving technology between both plastic surgery and innovative media tools, both women and men desire the ability to track their progress behind total perfection. Individuals will forever crave the satisfaction with ‘likes’ and followers, solidifying their level of attractiveness. From inflated lips to inflated egos, social media is the ideal visual solution the cosmetic plastic surgery field has been waiting for.