December 5, 2012
Social media sites aren't just for keeping in touch with family or networking with others in your field - they can also affect your social life. For some, the drive to get more friends, harvest more likes or generate more re-tweets is very serious - so serious that they'll go under the knife to help them achieve their goals.
Triana Lavey, a TV producer in Los Angeles, told ABC News earlier this year that she decided to undergo plastic surgery because she didn't like the way she looked in online photos. She says 10 years ago, before the advent of Facebook and similar websites, she hadn't noticed her weak chin. But after spending so much time on social media pages, she decided to have a surgeon reshape her chin and nose.
"I am blessed; I can afford it," Lavey told the news source. "I feel really lucky. I have worked my butt off, and I feel like if I can afford it, if it's something I can do to feel good and confident, why not? It's 2012."
In India, they have taken it one step further. Nikita Sharma, a 21-year-old who underwent rhinoplasty, told India Today, "Through Facebook one can get so many opportunities, like modeling, acting or even marriage proposals. So, if I put up my best picture with a perfect face, it will do no harm. I am very happy after getting rhinoplasty."
A young man also told the same news source that he got Botox injections to help him with his acting career. The treatments gave him arched eyebrows, which were important for a character he was portraying in a play. Young women are more likely to opt for rhinoplasty, lip injections or brow lifts, while young men prefer laser treatments.
There are many procedures that can enhance the appearance of one's face, and in turn make photos posted on Facebook more attractive. Botox injections and facelifts can treat wrinkles on the face, while rhinoplasty can alter nose shape and laser hair removal can reshape eyebrows permanently.
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