Facebook facelifts: Why Indians are going under the knife for social media status

Facebook facelifts

A young woman browses Facebook on a tablet in Bangalore, India on May 15, 2012. More and more young Indians are turning to plastic surgery to gain looks that stand out online. Manjunath Kiran KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images

 

RICHA SHARMA
IANS

College student Shayna John was not happy with her nose. So to give it the perfect shape, she recently underwent nose correction surgery — all for her profile picture on Facebook.

Cosmetic surgeons said an increasing number of people, especially school and college students, across India are going under the knife as more and more engage in social media as well as online dating. The perception is the way one looks online is considered to be the first impression of one’s overall image and personality.

Popularly known as “Facebook Facelifts,” aesthetic plastic surgeons said procedures are equally common among men.

According to Anup Dhir, chief cosmetic surgeon at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, good looks are desired by all humans and cosmetic surgery is an effective tool to fulfill this desire.

“People want to look attractive on social sites. This trend is gaining popularity. Many girls and boys are coming forward for a Facebook Facelift — a word coined in the west — to acquire aesthetically pleasing looks,” Dhir told IANS.

Dhir said young women mostly opt for rhinoplasties or nose jobs, lip injections or brow lifts, while young men prefer laser treatments to remove unwanted hair and scars.

Women also go for chemical peeling, botox and body contouring to get those attractive looks, the doctor added.

“An interesting trend I have noticed is that men are more conscious about their looks. I get 30 to 40 queries in a month and 50 per cent of them opt for procedures,” he said.

The treatment varies as per the recipients’ age, genetics and lifestyle, Dhir said.

“The people coming for such treatment are in the age group of 20-40 years and the majority of them are in their late 20s or early 30s. This treatment helps in having a more attractive and striking look from a social media perspective,” Dhir said.

Annie Singh, a first year Delhi University student, said she went under the knife to get the perfect mugshot for her profile photo.

“I hated my nose. So I decided to undergo rhinoplasty. I also went for chemical peeling to remove pigmentation and get a glowing spotless skin. I have got so many compliments from my friends on Facebook and it feels good,” Annie Singh told IANS.

John, a final year English student, said looking good on Facebook is the new “in” thing.

“It is not just a platform to meet new friends or keep a tab on existing ones — it can also be used for professional work,” she said.

“Through Facebook one can get so many opportunities like modelling, acting or even marriage proposals. So, if I put up my best picture with a perfect face, it will do no harm. I am very happy after getting rhinoplasty,” the 23-year-old said.

Experts said an increasing number of professionals are also choosing facelift options.

“A lot of people come for nose correction as the nose is the most prominent part of the face. Many youngsters also opt for face countouring to get a chiseled face and look good for socializing,” Ajaya Kashyap, senior cosmetic surgeon at Nova Specialty Surgery, told IANS.

Kashyap said there are some non-surgical treatments also available for getting that desired look.

Anuradha Chopra, a receptionist in a private company, decided to undergo laser treatment for permanent hair removal on her upper lip and plastic surgery to reshape her chin.

“I didn’t like the way I looked in online photos. Before the advent of Facebook and similar websites, I hadn’t noticed my weak chin. After spending so much time on social media pages, I decided to have a surgeon reshape my chin,” Chopra told IANS.

“I feel happy when I see my photographs now. The compliments are just flowing. It makes me feel good,” Chopra added.

Tags: , , , , , , ,



Readers Comments (0)

Comments are closed.

Featured

Riders were left stranded after Expo and Millennium lines of the SkyTrain stopped running in Vancouver on Monday. Arlen Redekop/PNG

Expo and Millennium SkyTrain lines restart after 4.5 hour delay

VANCOUVER DESI UPDATE (5:05 p.m.): The Expo Line has been fixed and crews are conducting a safety sweep. The line is expected to open in segments…
Continue Reading »

A hangman's gallows sits idle at the Benghazi Central Prison on March 1, 2011 on the outskirts of Benghazi, Libya. Inmates broke free of the prison during the uprising a week ago in the city. John Moore/Getty Images

Indian state offers fat pay raise in attempt to attract applicants to jail hangman job

RAMESH BABU HINDUSTAN TIMES The Indian state of Kerala is offering a pay raise worth thousands of dollars in an attempt to attract more men…
Continue Reading »

Ukrainian emergency workers carry a stretcher with a victim's body in a bag through a field at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Monday, July 21, 2014. AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky

Vancouver’s Malaysian Consulate General holding condolence signing for victims of downed Malaysian Airliner MH17

VANCOUVER DESI The Malaysian Consulate General in Vancouver is holding a condolence signing Monday through Wednesday for the victims and families of those who perished…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Riders were left stranded after Expo and Millennium lines of the SkyTrain stopped running in Vancouver on Monday. Arlen Redekop/PNG

Expo and Millennium SkyTrain lines restart after 4.5 hour delay

VANCOUVER DESI UPDATE (5:05 p.m.): The Expo Line has been fixed and crews are conducting a safety sweep. The line is expected to open in segments…
Continue Reading »

Ukrainian emergency workers carry a stretcher with a victim's body in a bag through a field at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Monday, July 21, 2014. AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky

Vancouver’s Malaysian Consulate General holding condolence signing for victims of downed Malaysian Airliner MH17

VANCOUVER DESI The Malaysian Consulate General in Vancouver is holding a condolence signing Monday through Wednesday for the victims and families of those who perished…
Continue Reading »

Narinder Kaur Kalsi, who has been on life support, since a domestic dispute at her Surrey home last week has died. Kalsi was pronounced dead just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday, said police. Her husband Beldev Singh Kalsi was arrested and charged in connection to her death. — Facebook Photo.

Surrey temple president charged with murder as wife dies in hospital after alleged domestic assault

CHERYL CHAN  VANCOUVER DESI The charge against a former Surrey temple president has again been upgraded after his wife, who suffered severe injuries in an…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

Shadab (L) and Sanjana's relationship has finally been accepted by their families and they will be  getting married soon. Gagan Nayar/Hindustan Times Photo

Man in India to marry transgendered woman with both families’ blessings

VANCOUVER DESI After a nine-year relationship filled with “emotional turmoil,” a gay man in India has finally been accepted by his family and allowed to…
Continue Reading »

File photo of a worker in a jungle in Quintana Roo State, Mexico. A baby girl was found abandoned in a jungle in India. Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images

Abandoned eight-month-old in India makes incredible survival in remote jungle area

CEN NEWS A group of Indian lumberjacks were shocked to find a baby girl in a remote jungle area after she had apparently been abandoned…
Continue Reading »

A screen grab of Google Maps shows the northern Indian city of Bareilly, in which Bargauna village is located, where a mother was burnt alive when she confronted burglars in her home. Screengrab/Google Maps

Mom in India burnt alive by burglars in front of five-year-old daughter

CEN NEWS Indian woman Raaka Tamasi, 30, who apparently disturbed burglars that had broken into her house in the village of Bargauna in the northern…
Continue Reading »

courtroom drama

A different kind of courtroom drama: Woman gives birth to baby girl in witness room

IANS London – A heavily-pregnant woman gave birth to a baby girl in a court in Britain after going into labour in the witness room,…
Continue Reading »

Desi stylist and wedding planner

Vancouver woman aghast when only one man among 100 shoppers at Metrotown tried to help when her purse was stolen

SUSAN LAZARUK VANCOUVER DESI Is chivalry dead? A woman whose purse was snatched from the busy food court at Metrotown was dismayed that none of…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

basu

Bollywood stars outshine fashion at India Couture Week 2014 (w/ gallery)

NIVEDITA IANS New Delhi  – Design esthetics and creativity may have impressed fashion patrons at the just concluded Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers India Couture Week…
Continue Reading »

JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/Getty Images

Sonam Kapoor unveils Khoobsurat trailer (w/ video)

IANS Mumbai — Actress Sonam Kapoor Monday unveiled the trailer of her upcoming film Khoobsurat, and said the film’s producer and director have “exposed me…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood actor and activist

Aamir Khan’s daughter organizes charity celebrity football match

IANS Mumbai  – Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira organized a celebrity football match to raise funds for an animal welfare shelter. The charity match…
Continue Reading »