Photos of you are everywhere on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and they appear instantly
Years ago, before our faces graced seemingly every corner of the social media landscape, we snapped just as many photos as we do now, but actually taking the time to enjoy all those photos was somewhat of a chore. Remember when we had to wind up the film to protect it from being exposed to light? Remember tucking that light-protected film into the envelope at the local pharmacy, only to have to wait three days until they were ready to pick up after being developed?
Those days are long gone. Now you can snap a photo and upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instragram for all the world to see in about the same amount of time it took just to set up that perfect shot with your old SLR. Your photos used to sit around in an old shoebox in your basement or in a dusty album on your shelf. Now, if you’ve immersed yourself into the world of social media – and who hasn’t? – photos of you are just a click away. No more digging through that sloppily packed shoebox full of photos. No more reaching for that photo album. Your friends and family no doubt have immediate access to dozens of photos just by clicking their mouse a few times.
Think about the other people who see those photos that you might not be immediately aware of. That old fling from high school? Odds are if you’re not connected to that person somehow via social media, someone you know is, which means he/she can probably see your photos. That’s a frightening thought for many people.
Not to mention that new electronic face-to-face chatting platforms seem to increase in popularity by the day. As FaceTime, Skype and other face-to-face chatting programs evolve and enter our daily lives on a more consistent basis, it means you and your friends see your face much more often than before. I’ve heard from patients who say, “I FaceTime with my friends and I can’t stand to look at my face.” That’s frightening for people as well.
The more your photo appears, the more you get to see yourself … If you don’t like what you see, we can help with simple cosmetic treatments
But it doesn’t have to be fightening. Plastic surgeons in Chicago and around the world have seen the social media effect bring in new patients who otherwise wouldn’t have been so concerned about their personal appearance, had it not been for the increased photographic exposure inherent to social media immersion.
It’s human nature. The more people with eyes on you, the better you want to look. We get that, and we can help. The most subtle of treatments can garner significant results. Botox and facial fillers like Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, Sculptra and the brand new facial filler, Belotero, can restore that youthful look so many of us yearn for without looking like Joan Rivers.
Have you ever cut your hair or lost a few pounds and had someone tell you that you look great, that something had changed, but he/she couldn’t put a finger on what it was? That was a great feeling, right? That’s what we strive for. We want to take those wrinkles and that loose skin and give it that real and natural healthy, youthful look. We can take those dramatic wrinkles and soften them.
And it doesn’t stop with simply your facial appearance. Maybe you have a few fatty areas you simply can’t get to go away. Non-surgical fat removal procedures like Cool Sculpting are leaps and bounds ahead of where they were only five years ago.
And the best part is every treatment plan can be tailored for any budget. Many of my new patients are amazed how affordable looking better can really be.
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Our goals are the same as yours when it comes to your ever-growing appearance on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. That old high school fling, we want him to look at that picture and think, “Wow, she looks great.” We’re here to help. And, yes, you can find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lipodoc and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lipodoc. Give us a like and a follow to stay up to date with the latest special pricing the treatments and procedures that can make you the star of your next photograph.
Leon Forrester Tcheupdjian, M.D.
Leslie Forrester, R.N.
Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute