There was a time when the only people who had to wage a war with constant scrutiny were celebrities. But, today, thanks to social media, everyone has a public image to preserve. The frequency that these social networks offer us to look at each other was never at our perusal when they didn’t exist. We never had to look at ourselves so much as we do now. In fact, some people, especially women have as a result of this unforgiving trend, developed compulsive obsession with looking flawless, also called beauty dysmorphia.
It is a mental condition that makes the patient remain fixated to a conjured up flaw in himself/herself that does not even exist. It has been known to affect at least 2 percent of the population. People, especially women (who are more commonly affected by the disease) tend to covet pillowy lips, the perfect nose, the longest lashes and much more to come close to their definition of the “perfect beauty”.
Cosmetic surgery was, a decade or two ago, the domain of only the rich and famous. But, today it is every 20s something woman’s honeybunch. So much are they adored by young women trepidating a droopy brow and a saggy smile that cosmetic surgery today has become the biggest game changer that we never foresaw. While it is not really so much of an evil to want to preserve one’s skin, such practice will eventually start influencing the mindset of women. One of the first things that act as gateway to more serious cosmetic surgeries is wrinkle smoothening. Cosmetic surgeons across the world say that once the people get accustomed to needled, they tend to consider other, more invasive surgeries such as cheek implants, breast augmentation and lip lifts.
People have gotten used to the idea of taking moments out of reality for Facebook and other social networks. Putting one’s image online, especially after spending a lot of time and money in cosmetic transformation seems worthwhile, but in reality, this poses as a bigger threat. Something terribly appalling is what a recent poll has to reveal: the poll which was carried by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found a 31 percent increase in the cosmetic requests from people who wanted to go ahead with one because they wanted to “look better online”. Keeping all things constant, social media has made us more conscious of our natural flaws. It has become easier to spot someone say, “Hey! Don’t put that pic“, than someone who’d say, “Tag me in every pic that you put”.
If you see yourself scrutinizing for possible room for improvement every time you look at the mirror, you could either get in touch with therapists that specialise in treating image issues or you could take two steps backwards.
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