Selfie Nation in New York at JUVA Skin & Laser Center

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Digital Nation Turning to Plastic Surgery to Enhance Image

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With cameras literally at our fingertips and an instantaneous way of disseminating images, suddenly attention is being given to perfecting our “selfie” and people are turning to cosmetic procedures to help.

As a society, being self-conscious about our appearance is nothing new. Contrary to when we used to analyze our perceived flaws in the mirror while in the privacy of our home; nowadays this self-critique happens very publicly thanks to the popularity of social media. With cameras literally at our fingertips and an instantaneous way of disseminating images, suddenly attention is being given to perfecting our “selfie” and people are turning to cosmetic procedures to help.

Dr. David Cangello, Director of Plastic Surgery at JUVA Skin & Laser Center in New York, highlights the most popular issues his patients have rectified with various cosmetic procedures ranging from non-invasive fillers to surgery.

#1 Skin Texture / Quality
Leave it to poor lighting or that awkward close up to shine a light on your skin’s imperfections. Blotchiness, large pores, uneven texture and dullness are the most popular complaints. For quick treatment Dr. Cangello recommends CO2 Laser resurfacing treatments (anywhere from 2 – 5 treatments recommended). The gold standard for topical at-home treatment for these conditions is Retinol or creams containing Retin A. A prescription from your doctor is needed for these. Keeping the skin well hydrated by using a good moisturizer daily is essential. Last but not least, always wear SPF >30 and minimize sun exposure.

#2 Facial Aging
You may have never been self-conscious about smiling until you began starring at your photos on social media. Now you find yourself zoning in on the first signs of crows feet, the wrinkles on your forehead or the hollows under your eyes that are making you look so tired. Most of these conditions can be easily helped with injectables like Botox and Restylane. To add volume to the cheekbone area, Dr. Cangello favors the newest, long lasting filler called Voluma.

#3 Facial Features
While examining their “selfie”, many patients that had contemplated altering their nose or chin become resolved to the idea after studying their photos. Dr. Cangello says he has seen a rise in rhinoplasty and chin implant procedures and suspects this trend may have something to do with it.

#4 Tech Neck
Constantly looking down at our phones to text or email has put our necks in an uncompromising position – promoting the development of lines, wrinkles and loose skin on the neck. A neck lift is the gold standard for reducing excess, flabby skin of the neck. However, there are non-invasive skin-tightening treatments for those who do not want to undergo a surgical procedure, such as the ClearLift treatment. This painless, non-ablative approach to laser skin resurfacing treats delicate areas of skin without harming the overlying epidermis, thus resulting in a pain-free treatment with minimal redness, recovery and downtime. Chemical peels are also an option for treatment of this area.

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