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selfies for surgery
7th
Nov | 2015
posted in Body Contouring, liposuction, News Worthy, Tummy Tuck by Dan Voltz

Summary: Selfies for surgery may sound like a funny catch phrase, but they’re actually being used by many patients. These patients, particularly younger ones, will snap a shot of themselves and then see something they don’t particularly like. Now, images are not always 100% true to life, but they are accurate enough to motivate some young patients in to see the plastic surgeon—and not just for facial procedures. Selfies are motivating body contouring procedures a well.

Using Selfies for Surgery Motivation?

The selfie is ubiquitous today. It wasn’t that long ago that, had I used the word “selfie,” I would then have to spend quite a long time talking about what it’s all about—I’d have to define it. But that’s not the case any more. You know what it is. I know what it is. And we should probably move on. The only reason we don’t is because selfies are actually becoming pretty important to the field of plastic surgery, at least from the patient’s perspective. That’s because selfies are actually leading people—especially young people—to get plastic surgery.

Okay, okay, for those of you not in the know, a selfie is, basically, a picture of yourself that you take with your phone. To be sure, selfies have been around since Kodak and easy to develop film: people have been able to take pictures of themselves for quite a long time, but it’s only recently that the results have become quite as instant. That distant used to be important: the person in the picture was removed from the person you are by a certain amount of time, and that’s no longer the case. What you see is, to an extent, what you get.

Selfies and Body Contouring

That change in important. It means that what you see in your selfie is–corrected for things like capturing three dimensions in two, distortions of the lens, lighting, and so on—who you are. If you like everything about that, then, selfies are great. But there are many people who don’t necessarily like what they see in selfies. They see this flaw or that flaw—a bulge here and a fold there. In most cases, people don’t want to be perfect, they just want to change that thing that sticks out to them. For some people, that means a change in the nose or the chin.

But for other people, selfies can mean a more dramatic change. After all, selfies these days are not limited to the face. Many people, thanks to selfie sticks (or just long arms) are able to take selfies of their entire bodies. And that’s when that notice an extra flap or skin or a bulge here or there. These are, thankfully, issues that body contouring procedures can help people mitigate. While diet and exercise are an excellent first line of defense, they don’t always get the job the done—there are limits to what your body can do naturally.

Tummy Tucks and Liposuction

So what happens when you see some extra skin around your belly area? Well, there’s a procedure called a tummy tuck that is designed specifically to mitigate such skin. According to the website of the Houston tummy tuck experts at South Shore Plastic Surgery, these procedures generally result in firmer, flatter belly areas. The surgeon removes excess skin and restores some structure to the abdominal muscles. The end result is a belly area that looks smoother, more fit, and more youthful. This is an especially popular procedure among women who have lost a significant amount of weight or who have been pregnant.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are those who notice an unwanted bulge here or there in their selfies. This is a problem that can be solved with liposuction. This is a procedure in which excess fat can be removed from the body—and it’s usually targeting fat that is immune to diet and exercise. Your body, after all, has a few tricks up its sleeve when it keeps you from losing weight. One of those tricks is, simply, to store fat in areas where they’ll never recede on their own. Often, the only way to get the shape you want is to undergo a procedure such as liposuction.

Feeling Great in Your Body (and Your Selfie)

When it comes to tummy tuck and liposuction procedures, patients usually rave about the results. These aren’t necessarily weight loss solutions, as they’re often portrayed in the media (bariatric surgery, for example, is a better weight loss solution). Rather, they are examples of body contouring, of exercising your desire to sculpt your body and make your curves or angles or lines look the way you want them to look. Body contouring is a great way to finally feel comfortable in your own body.

So if you’ve been taking a few selfies lately and you aren’t exactly comfortable with the way that some things are showing—a fold here or a bulge there—contact your local, highly qualified plastic surgeon to get started on your body contouring right away.

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