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(especially in the under 30 set) sired by
selfies shows no sign of declining."
US plastic surgeon Dr Marc Mani, based
in the celebrity hub of Beverly Hills, says that,
among his patients, the nose and neck are the
two features they have been most concerned
about due to the way they look in selfies.
"The nose looks bigger in close-ups,
and all selfies are close-ups, so they think
it should be smaller. Since selfies are often
shot from below, the neck looks either fatter
or saggier from that angle."
However, Dr Mani does not believe that
the selfie craze is leading people to get
excessive cosmetic procedures. Rather, it is
just bringing already underlying insecurities
to the surface.
"The desire to take a perfect selfie may
push someone to have plastic surgery,
but I think people who are obsessed with
selfies are often insecure and lacking in
confidence anyway," he adds.
How to 'Say Cheese'
How people feel and pose in front of the camera is all-important to the
outcome, according to Dr Naomi McCullum.
"I was with one of my patient friends at a social event and I was trying to take
some pictures with her," says Dr McCullum. "She said `I'm just not photogenic'. I
replied `You're only a few mls of dermal filler away from photogenic'.
"It was a joke but, at the same time, I have seen many people after injectable
treatments looking better in photos, with the priceless bonus that they then also
feel so much more confident. I love to be able to give patients this benefit.
"It might seem really superficial at first but I see that photos are capturing
memories. It's horrible that some people, just because they don't like photos of
themselves, should miss out on this fun and joy in their future.
"To know that by making them comfortable enough to have photos now, I'm
giving them the gift of enjoyment of memories in the future. How cool is that!
"I see it this way. I regret that I have almost no photos of myself for over a
decade of my life starting in my 20s, because I thought I looked too ugly.
"I started forcing myself to be in photos after I had children in my early 30s. I
worried that if I died, my children would have no photos of me.
"I'm completely over avoiding photos now, but I do see that pain in others and
I really want to help.
"I also tell my patients which side is their best for photos, and their best angles.
I also encourage them to take as many photos as possible. The more photos you
take, the more likely there will be one image that you're happy with.
"I have many very beautiful patients who can't take a good photo to save
themselves, but mostly this is just a matter of being awkward around a camera
and uncomfortable and stressed while posing.
"At the same time, there are people in real life who are a bit `boring' looking,
but can light up an image and look amazing.
"But my best advice is to develop a more well-rounded attitude to life and
what's really important.
"As our mothers wisely told us, `everything in moderation'. Don't be boring
and self-obsessed. Find beauty outside yourself, have fun, don't take it all too
seriously. Find something to be enthusiastic about and develop your talents.
"Think about it logically. What kind of person do you look forward to seeing?
Someone who is beautiful on the inside or the outside? I know my answer, and it
puts everything in perspective."
Even prominent politicians are overtaken by the urge to snap themselves, even when
not entirely appropriate. US First Lady Michelle Obama gritted her teeth in bemusement
when her husband "treated Nelson Mandela's memorial like a Justine Bieber concert",
taking a selfie with British PM David Cameron and Danish PM Helle Thornig Schmidt
Leading Sydney cosmetic physician Dr
Naomi McCullum says most patients won't
come out and say directly that they are
concerned by how they look on social media
"but they will constantly show me photos of
themselves to describe what they like and
don't like," she says.
"They will also show me photos of
random celebrities and non-celebrities
on, for example, Instagram, whose lips or
cheeks they want me to mimic. This use
of multiple photos in a consultation has
definitely increased over the last few years.
"The increase is definitely among the
younger ones - the 20-somethings to early 30s."
Dr McCullum has very strict parameters
about who she will treat, and how, if she
believes the problem is more psychological,
or wouldn't benefit the patient.
"I had a patient recently who said
that she had stopped working for several
years because she was so upset about the
appearance of her tear troughs," she says.
"This was a lovely and pretty girl. How sad
that she felt she couldn't even go to work
because of an aesthetic problem, which was
really only minor.
"She had a long history of cosmetic
treatments for this issue. I gently discussed
with her the need to see a psychiatrist and I
refused to perform any treatment."
The most sought-after celebrity looks?
"Ugh, Kylie Jenner - who else!" Dr
McCullum laughs. "Alena Shishkova [a
Russian fashion model, beauty queen and
socialite] is another name that comes up.
"Patients will also show me Instagram-level
celebrities I've never heard of, some makeup
blogger or an Instagram-famous model.
"Often patients will bring pictures of
their friends and say `Please don't make my
chin look like hers' or `I want bigger lips but
not fake-looking like hers'."
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