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The Surge of Selfies and Plastic Surgery

As of October 2013, on various forms of social media, people posted forty-one million pictures that included the hashtag "#Selfie" somewhere in the caption. The selfie hashtag has since grown more than 200 percent in usage since January of 2013.

It's no exaggeration to say we've become a selfie-obsessed culture with some damaging side-effects. Plastic surgeons in United States have seen a surge in demand for procedures ranging from eye-lid lifts to rhinoplasty, popularly known as a nose job, from patients seeking to improve their image in selfies and on social media. A poll by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) of 2,700 of its members showed that one in three had seen an increase in requests for procedures due to patients being more aware of their image in social media. A plastic surgeon from Manhattan said, "They come in with their iPhones and show me pictures. Selfies are just getting to be so crazy."

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