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The Role of Social Media in Plastic Surgery

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Is there an association between social media and the increase in the number of plastic surgery procedures performed in the past decade? Recent online news stories suggest that it is so and some plastic surgeons concur. Annual statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery show increases in just about any procedure you care to look at and these increases have been ongoing for some time. The face of plastic surgery looks very different today than from fifteen years ago and from a social media standpoint that time period is the equivalent of the precambrian period in history.

There is no question that the expanding number of social medial outlets, including such noteables as FaceBook, Skype and FaceTime on the iPhone, allow us to see ourselves like never before. Historically, one electively saw themselves in the mirror and or caught an occasional image of themselves in a store window or dressing room. But seeing ourselves in a mirror can one a false sense of their appearance as we naturally tend to look at ourselves from what we consider to be our best angle and even under the best lighting. (or lack thereof) Most of the image of ourselves comes from the front view and only rarely from the side profile or other oblique views. This is why very few of us like what we see in pictures, not because it may not be attractive, but because we don’t recognize that view of ourselves.

Have you ever made the mistake on your iPhone when taking a picture and accidentally pushed the image flip button? Rather than seeing what you wanted to take a picture of you see your own face… close-up. I have done it and it is not pretty. I would like to believe that the face I see is some distorted image of reality because of the poor quality of the lens and being so close. But deep down I know the camera quality on these phone is too good for that to be true.

Social media can also introduce pictures of ourselves that are both sustaining and even altered. Putting your pictures on Facebook or on a website can virtually last forever. Others taking your pictures and posting them on their websites or social pages can be impossible to remove, contrary to the public’s knowledge of how the internet works. This allows you and others to see yourself with great regularity, unlike that old snapshot that you hated and threw in a drawer so no one else would ever see it again. Because of this I know patients who have told me that they altered their pictures with Photoshop and other imaging tools before they ever posted them online.

So is social media driving people to have plastic surgery? It undoubtably is making some contribution but there are other factors that account for this rise far more significantly. There are more plastic surgeons and other physicians performing cosmetic procedures today than fifteen years ago. The population of the U.S. has also risen with an aging component that is more conscious of their appearances than any generation before them. Plastic surgery, like all medical specialities, has developed new cosmetic technologies, products and treatment techniques that didn’t exist in the 1990s. Collectively, these have contributed a lot more than any form of social media. But for some, social media can be the match that lights the kindling of desire for a new and improved look.   

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Skype Plastic Surgery Consultations with Dr. Barry Eppley

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

In order to better educate and serve many patients in the United States as well as outside of the country, Dr. Barry Eppley and Eppley Plastic Surgery has instituted the use of Skype to do phone and webcam consultations. While e-mail can be an effective source for answering some basic questions, an actual verbal and visual consultation is much more personal and informative.

Skype is a free online webcam phone service. Whether you are in the USA, Europe, Asia or anywhere in the world, you can use it to schedule a virtual, web cam consultation. If you are not familiar with Skype, it is software that enables conversations to be had around the world using a computer or iPhone. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with other Skype users. Besides how easy it is to use, it is also free if you are talking to another Skype user. Talk as long as you want for free!

Dr. Eppley is available to do free phone consultations when it can be arranged between your and his schedule. If you would like a free phone consultation, please e-mail info@eppleyplasticsurgery.com with the date and time that you desire. We will reply with a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours which will include an attached personal and medical history form for you to fill out and e-mail back. Remember that we are on Eastern Standard time in the United States and you must be a Skype member. Signing up for Skype is free and easy. Just go to the Skype website to sign up. Dr. Eppley’s Skype contact name is dr.barry.eppley.

This online webcam consultation is a service provided by Dr. Barry Eppley, a plastic surgeon in Indianapolis Indiana USA.. The participants in an online consultation should understand that the information provided by Dr. Eppley is general information only and is not a substitute for an actual “in-person” consultation which is absolutely necessary prior to any surgery. Participants in this consultation agree not to hold any parties liable for the opinions provided. The consultation is not recorded or stored and is not therefore available for future reference.


Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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