Instagram may be free to the one who takes and sends the selfie. But in the long run, it's costing thousands to fix the little imperfections they see in those real-life quick-pics.
The American Academy of Facial, Plastic and Reconstructive surgery finds 1/3 of plastic surgeons today are reporting a major increase in patients who come in with a social media snapshot, and a sad story about not wanting to look like that.
"In every single patient, without exception, comes in now to a consultation with pictures of themselves in their phones, and they say, 'I don't like the way I look in this picture here.' now, about 20% of the patients that come in turn away because that's just a bad picture," says plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer.
Dr. Salzhauer says about 85% of the patients who come in with a selfie are women in their 20s. And since it is often not flattering when you turn the camera on yourself, within arm's length, he hopes other doctors will also send some patients away more self-assured.
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