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Cosmetic surgery procedures increase as we see our faces more and more online

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Chin augmentations increased 71 percent between 2010 and 2011. Blame Skype?

Anyone who’s experienced Skype’s brutal camera angle will understand this statistic: The American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that between 2010 and 2011, chin augmentations increased 71 percent. “Usually you talk about single digits; 5 percent, 10 percent. But 70-plus percent—that’s pretty incredible,” says Dr. Jeannie Khavkin, a local plastic surgeon specializing in facial procedures. “I have been seeing an increase in people coming into the office and saying, ‘I don’t like the way I look in my pictures on Facebook, when I talk on Skype.’ … I think that social media is just bringing it to their attention more because they’re not just seeing their reflection in the mirror; they’re seeing themselves as they’re appearing to their friends, to their family, to the world.” According to Khavkin, they’re also consulting social media for information about plastic surgery. As she says, “It goes both ways.”

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