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Under the knife for selfie's sake

Updated: 06/09/2014 5:57 PM
Created: 06/09/2014 4:34 PM WNYT.com
By: NBC News

Social media appears to be sparking a new trend among young people: selfie surgery.

Cristina Blanco is a savvy selfie taker.  

"I take more pictures, probably sometime on Instagram in a day, than my grandparents probably took in 15 years," says Blanco.

At that rate, it's no surprise Blanco saw a thing or two she didn't like so much.   

"My nose was my biggest thing that I didn't like about myself," she explained.

So, Blanco saw plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer and got a nose job, and later, a breast augmentation.

The results, she says, are "picture perfect." 

"When I take pictures now, I don't see myself using as many filters, and making certain poses or faces to make myself look good, I just take a picture as I am," she said.

In the age of Instagram, Dr. Salzhauer says cases like Blanco's are on the rise -- more young people now seeing their selfies, and then seeing surgeons. 

"In every single patient, without exception, comes in now to a consultation with pictures of themselves in their phones, and they say, 'I don't like the way I look in this picture here.' Now, about 20 percent of the patients that come in I turn away because that's just a bad picture,” explains the doctor.

It’s the same story in plastic surgery offices nationwide:

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery finds one in three surgeons reporting seeing more patients with complaints about how they look in their social media snapshots, and wanting to go under the knife to fix it. 

The average age of those sad selfie takers -- between 20 and 30.

"Most of the patients that come in are women, about 85 percent of my patients are women. Facial procedures-wise, young people generally get rhinoplasty -- that's nose jobs -- some of them get chin implants."

Many he says, are leaving more self-assured, and self-ie assured.

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