Photoshopped selfies create demand for plastic surgery

“Selfie” was named the word of the year in 2013 but its trend has definitely continued into 2014. Behaviorists have extensively researched the effect of selfies on plastic surgery, and have found that selfies may be leading to a rise in plastic surgery. However, there are new reports stating another image-focused application might also be a contributing influence: Photoshop.

It comes as no surprise that viewing airbrushed images in advertisements leads to increased self-awareness and critique. However, even the actual mechanism of Photoshop has been proven to lead to a spike in plastic surgery as well. By this, we mean that the ability to change your appearance in pictures has led more and more women to actively take the plunge in real life to alter their appearance, the same way they do in pictures.

37-year-old Los Angeles resident, Triana Lavey, underwent a variety of surgeries in 2012, including a rhinoplasty, fat grafting and chin implants. Since then, she has also gotten additional nose surgery, Botox and more fat grafting. She explained that she was heavily influenced by the way she looked on social media sites, such as YouTube and Instagram. She added that she used to use popular mobile apps to edit her face and body and finally decided to get a real life “edit” on her body. She felt that after the surgery she more closely resembled the stunning self-taken images that are posted on social media.

“Today this business is moving at the speed of the Internet,” Lavey said. “Your selfie is your head shot, so you can reinvent yourself every day with your iPhone … I now have the face that I always thought that I had. I look like myself, but Photoshopped.”