Is Video-Chat Driving Us to Cosmetic Surgery?

If you’ve never video-chatted, you really need to give it a try! Video-chatting is the latest thing with anyone who uses the net and spends a long time away from their loved ones. PC programmes like Skype, and smartphone apps like FaceTime all allow us to speak to our family and friends face-to-face over the internet – but what else are they doing?

A lot of experts are beginning to think that the rise in popularity of video-chatting is contributing to the hike in numbers of people undergoing facial cosmetic surgery, with a particular emphasis on Botox injections and skin fillers. Especially with high-definition technology emerging on many of these applications, it’s no surprise we’re feeling worried by our wrinkles!

Statistics that have been published by the American Society of Plastic Surgery also support this theory, indicating that the demand for ‘chin jobs’ has increased by 71% recently, while Botox remains an incredibly popular treatment. The specific rise in numbers of people undergoing treatments to the face – basically, anywhere that can be seen on a video-chat window – is somewhat telling.

Angela Chouaib, MD and founder of Secret Surgery Ltd., says that “It’s an interesting theory, and it’s one I hadn’t previously thought of. With social networking sites like Facebook making our photographs that much easier to scrutinise, it’s no surprise that video-chat is providing the final push. Of course, it’s not a bad thing – being able to see your loved ones looking more beautiful and confident than ever can never be a bad thing!”

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