Apple’s FaceTime Feature Is Forcing A Lot Of People To Seek Plastic Surgery For “FaceTime Facelifts”
If you don’t like the way you look, do yourself a favor and don’t use the FaceTime feature that’s included on most new Apple products. Reason being, there has been a huge surge in people seeking out plastic surgeons to have work done as a result of the innovative feature.
As Gizmodo pointed out recently, Washington, D.C.-based plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Sigal has noticed an increase in the number of people coming into his office these days asking for facelifts and other forms of plastic surgery as a result of the things they’ve noticed while using FaceTime and other video conferencing software like Skype. “Patients come in and show me how they look on FaceTime,” he says. “The angle at which the phone is held, with the caller looking downward into the camera, really captures any heaviness, fullness, and sagging of the face and neck. People say, ‘I never knew I looked like that! I need to do something!’ I’ve started calling it the ‘FaceTime Facelift’ effect. And we’ve developed procedures to specifically address it.”
There’s no real hard evidence proving that this is going on all over the country. But if it’s happening in this doctor’s office, then we have to believe that it’s happening in other places as well. That’s because FaceTime does provide people with a different view of themselves than they’ve ever had before. Similarly, social media networks like Facebook and Twitter are probably also having an effect on the number of people who get plastic surgery these days, too. We’re constantly looking at ourselves in pictures and we’re able to pick out the things that we don’t like very, very quickly, which wasn’t always possible in the past. That’s undoubtedly forcing more people to look into plastic surgery as a viable option.
The only solution? Stop using FaceTime, Skype, and social media so much. Or, at the very least, realize that those things don’t always provide an accurate portrayal of what you actually look like at all times. Otherwise, we’re all going to be running to the plastic surgeons of the world soon. And while we’re sure they wouldn’t mind us doing that, it certainly says something about us as a country when we let technology dictate the way we feel about ourselves. Namely, that we need to reconstruct our outlook on ourselves instead of reconstructing our faces because we don’t like the way we look on our iPhones.