Technology May Shape Plastic Surgery Trends

Technophiles take note: As the use of smart phones, laptop computers, video chat systems and other modern gadgets becomes all but universal, the demand for facial plastic surgery is on the rise. According to a recent column in the Daily Mail, plastic surgeons now speculate that the popularity of chin implants may be linked to a phenomenon known as “smartphone face.” As busy professionals spend more time peering down at their smartphones or laptops, the muscles of their cheeks, jaws and necks may succumb to gravity more quickly.

While the link between “smartphone face” and the growing demand for facial plastic surgery is still largely a matter of speculation, it’s hard to overlook the fact that the “chinplant,” or mentoplasty, has become one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures. Dr. Malcolm Roth, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, proposes that video chatting may have helped to inspire this trend. The use of video chatting monitors, which capture the face from below, has made professionals more conscious of the appearance of their necks and jawlines, Roth suggests. Apparently, after seeing their video image from this not-so-flattering angle, many of these technophiles feel that a little chin chiseling is in order.

As we spend more time huddling over smartphones and squinting at laptop monitors, plastic surgeons are anticipating a growing demand for cosmetic services like chinplants, neck lifts and facial liposuction. Short-term aesthetic procedures like Botox injections and dermal fillers may become more popular as women and men develop premature squint lines from clocking too much time in front of the computer.

Technology isn’t the only contributing factor to the latest plastic surgery trends. Diet, exercise, heredity, smoking, and exposure to sunlight also affect the way our faces look as we age. But if recent trends in cosmetic surgery are any indication, our reliance on technology may be molding our faces and bodies in ways we haven’t yet recognized.

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