With the rise of ‘selfies’, the popularity of beauty camera apps or plastic surgery simulation apps has seen a corresponding rise. People can use these apps to create a brighter and clearer complexion, enlarge their eyes and slim down their jaws in the pictures. Users say these apps make them feel like they are experiencing simulated surgery.
More and more people have been resorting to more than just finding the right angles to enhance their looks in pictures. According to a survey conducted by Dream Plastic Surgery main hospital under the title “The most effective way to take beautiful selfies”, 47.0% of respondents said they use apps with picture revision functions, outnumbering those who said they made use of angles and expressions (44.1%). When asked about the frequency of usage, respondents who said they used apps frequently made up the overwhelming majority at 62.8%. 22.9% said they used these apps from time to time, 11.4% did not use such apps at all and other responses were 2.9%.
With the popularity of social networking services where content is uploaded instantly and spread quickly, celebrities and even ordinary people have become more sensitive to the opinions of others. Experts say this is because they want to receive more positive response from others by enhancing their looks.
There have been reports on international media attributing a rise in plastic surgery to the selfies trend. Doctor Edward Farrier, plastic surgeon and president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AARPRS) said that social platforms are making patients scrutinize own image and look at it with a more self-critical eye than ever before. In the survey conducted by Dream Plastic Surgery 96.3% of respondents replied that the digital surgery simulations make them want to get plastic surgery in real life.
Dr. Park Yang-soo of Dream Plastic Surgery said, “Although selfies and beauty applications can cause increased interest in plastic surgery, users have to keep in mind that digital enhancements using apps are different from actual plastic surgery.” “Although both are ways to improve areas of concern, photo enhancement is done on a 2D image while plastic surgery requires comprehensive analysis of the entire facial structure, individual characteristics and overall harmony.”