Let’s face it, social media is everywhere, and it is not going away anytime soon. The time we live in is ruled by image, and how you look is as important as who you are. Your image coupled with outrageous behavior seems to make people famous these days. With millions on top of millions of followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. For example, the Kardashian’s have become major influences on today’s desired perception of beauty, fashion, and lifestyle. This influence can be seen as younger and younger patients flock to change what they don’t like about themselves. Ages 13 through 29 accounts for over one million plastic surgical invasive and noninvasive procedures annually and continues to grow.
What do the Kardashian’s have that everyone is asking for? Perfect noses, full lips, slim waists, bigger butts, breasts and hips are now the idolized female attributes, thanks to the influence this family has on multiple media platforms. Plastic surgery is now the new normal and looking like you have had “work done” is becoming a visible social status. There are several surgical and nonsurgical options that are available to change your image: Rhinoplasty can improve the shape and appearance of your nose, fillers can plump your lips, liposuction can slim and tone your waist, and fat transfer or implants can change the shape of your buttocks and breasts as well. If you want to change something about yourself, more than likely, there is a way to do it.
Is this trend a fad? Should you rush to your plastic surgeon for the latest and greatest procedure so you can keep up appearances? The answer is “NO!” The only reason you should change your body is if you want to change it, not because someone on social media did. Plastic surgery is a beautiful art form and can dramatically change someone’s image for the better if performed by a skilled board-certified plastic surgeon. However, plastic surgery is a very personal choice and can profoundly impact your life. That being said, the journey of plastic surgery should be made for the right reason: to look better and feel better about yourself.
With any body modification procedure, you must educate yourself on the types of procedure performed, risks, benefits, and longevity. For your safety, I cannot stress the importance of discussing your options with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is a specialist in the particular procedure you want to undergo. When considering plastic surgery, you need an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon who is an expert in the field who can show you proof of exceptional results.
Dr. Rod J. Rohrich is an internationally known and respected plastic and cosmetic surgeon operating in Dallas, Texas. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has led most of the key professional organizations in plastic surgery in the USA. He has received numerous honors and awards in plastic and cosmetic surgery, both nationally and internationally. In addition to his extensive surgical expertise and talent as a gifted surgeon, he is the Founding Chair and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He has authored hundreds of innovative academic publications in the field as well as serving as the editor of the leading plastic and reconstructive surgery journal — the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Rohrich has also performed philanthropic work as a civic leader of organizations such as the March of Dimes, American Cancer Association and Save the Children and has established the Rod J. Rohrich, M.D. Foundation, which supports medical students in his native North Dakota. He is also a founding member and President of AiRS, the Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery, which serves to support education and treatment for Breast Cancer Survivors, regardless of financial status. Dr. Rohrich has been featured in a number of notable publications such as Texas Monthly and on television shows including Oprah, the View and Good Morning America and is currently working to provide a reliable source of public-centered information in the fields of plastic and cosmetic surgery as well as other areas of medicine.