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

Published: April 29, 2013
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

desi-crime-sexual assault

Surrey man who pleaded guilty to mistreating sex trade workers should go to prison for 2-3 years: Crown

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI SURREY — A Surrey man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old sex trade worker nearly 20 years ago and…
Continue Reading »

sexual harassment

‘Will you have fun with me?’: Immigration officer sexually harasses female passenger at Delhi airport

HINDUSTAN TIMES An immigration officer at the Delhi airport has been suspended after a female passenger complained that he sexually harassed her by asking obscene…
Continue Reading »

crime-Surrey

Two Surrey men in hospital with gunshot wounds after targeted shooting

VANCOUVER DESI SURREY — Two men are in hospital with gunshot wounds following what appears to be a targeted shooting in Surrey on Thursday night….
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

desi-crime-sexual assault

Surrey man who pleaded guilty to mistreating sex trade workers should go to prison for 2-3 years: Crown

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI SURREY — A Surrey man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old sex trade worker nearly 20 years ago and…
Continue Reading »

Changes to Nova Scotia law allow sex assault victims to sue retroactively

By Keith Doucette THE CANADIAN PRESS HALIFAX — Nova Scotians who have been sexually assaulted can now launch civil lawsuits against their perpetrators regardless of…
Continue Reading »

Changes to Nova Scotia law allow sex assault victims to sue retroactively

By Keith Doucette THE CANADIAN PRESS HALIFAX — Nova Scotians who have been sexually assaulted can now launch civil lawsuits against their perpetrators regardless of…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

World Cup final

Underarm incident recalled as Australia-New Zealand rivalry rekindles in World Cup final

STEVE MCMORRAN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MELBOURNE, Australia — Relations between New Zealand and Australia at a political level have regained their natural cordiality in the…
Continue Reading »

Cricket World Cup

Clarke’s Australians prepare to take on unpopular role in the World Cup final vs New Zealand

JOHN PYE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MELBOURNE, Australia — Win or lose, Michael Clarke and his Australian teammates are probably going to be portrayed as the…
Continue Reading »

India-Australia-weird news

Youth cut his tongue as sacrifice at an Indian temple for nation’s cricket victory

IANS Chennai – In a senseless act, a cricket crazy youth in Tamil Nadu offered the tip of his tongue as a sacrifice at a…
Continue Reading »

Freedom-Section 66A-India

Teenager shoots himself after father bans Facebook chat

IANS Lucknow - A 14-year-old boy shot himself Thursday after his father reprimanded him for chatting too often on social networking site Facebook, police said. The…
Continue Reading »

messy custody battle-desi lingerie model

Jeremy Renner’s messy divorce from B.C. model gets messier as custody battle rages

VANCOUVER DESI A B.C. woman who was married to Hollywood actor Jeremy Renner is being accused of being a gold digger and blackmailer who has…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

pakistani sex meera-Veena Malik

Gallery: Bollywood celebs in trouble with the law

ALMAS MEHERALLY VANCOUVER DESI Indian film actress Shruti Haasan has run into legal trouble after she pulled out of a signed contract, according to an…
Continue Reading »

Salman Khan-Bollywood

Bollywood actor Salman Khan denies he was driving or drunk during 2002 accident

IANS Mumbai – Bollywood actor Salman Khan on Friday told a Mumbai court, conducting the trial of the 2002 hit-and-run case involving him, that he…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood movie

Amitabh Bachchan: Balki challenges me with never-done-before roles

SUBHASH K. JHA IANS Mumbai – R. Balakrishnan and Amitabh Bachchan’s much anticipated third outing “Shamitabh” turned out to be a box office disaster, but…
Continue Reading »