Special Report: "Selfie" Surgery

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Log on to Facebook and within a matter of seconds you'll see hundreds of selfies. I've done it. I took this one earlier today.

And let's be honest, how many of us have used some of the tools on our smartphone to make ourselves look even better.

Tonight FOX16's Deedra Wilson takes it a step further and shows us why some people are going under the knife to try and improve their "selfie."

It's the thing these days.

"Yeah, about how many a day? It depends whether I have makeup on. I may take like 50."

The selfie craze.

All over Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, people are using their front camera lense snapping photos of themselves, family and friends.

And with this instant photo for all to see, maybe even judge some are turning to, yep you guessed it, plastic surgery to always ensure they are selfie sensational.

"I think the biggest thing about the selfie generation, and it's funny because it's all the way to the teens to the middle generation, because what we're doing is paying attention to things about our self that we didn't see before," says plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Spann.

According to a new study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, one in three facial plastic surgeons surveyed saw an increase in requests for procedures due to patients being more self aware of looks on social media.

"You gotta pick out which ones you like, which ones you don't like."

"It's hard. As you age the face changes," says Linda Sherwood.

Dr. Spann says now instead of waiting weeks to have a picture developed people can check out how they look immediately.

"You forget the film it's in the car or in your backpack, you process it two years later, you don't really think about the immediate result of the picture."

And then what do you do? You hone in on all of your flaws.

"We've got more facial shots, more head shots, and we kind of see maybe our eyes didn't look the way they used to, or maybe the nose and the chin, sometimes even the breast and the belly."

But for the most part our selfie takers say they'll pass on plastic surgery.

"Cause you just look fake and scrunched up, you don't look real."

"I already look good now in selfies, so it ain't no point."

"Uh, huh because I wouldn't want to look fake."

Dr. Spann says the easy thing to do is if you don't like a pic, just retake it. You don't have to go under the knife.

"Plastic surgery is created to correct something that bothers you, much like orthodontist do to teeth."

So in other words, or pictures, "Surgery should be sort of a last resort."

"Nobody's face is perfect."

Well, almost nobody.



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