It is indeed a nation obsessed with social media, but a recent report takes the craziness a notch higher. India’s young Facebook users are apparently splurging lakhs on plastic surgeries in order to improve the way they look on Facebook and various other social networking sites
Indians in their 20s and 30s are going under the knife to improve their social media pictures. The report highlights that India, the nation that invented the nose job, is now also spearheading the new trend of “Facebook facelifts.”
One woman who was interviewed said “If you don’t look good on Facebook, then how will you make contacts?”
Men aren’t lagging behind in this aesthetic race. The report suggested that most asian men get chin augmentations that cost over $2,000 (around Rs 1, 18, 680). The reason being during video chats, it is easy to observe someone’s chin.
Anip Dhir, a plastic surgeon was quoted by the LA Times, saying, “When someone is talking on Skype or any other kind of social media network, what you see is the movement of the chin when the lips move.” He added that “A weak chin or a waddle chin, they stand out most because, again, people don’t look confident when they’re talking and the definition of their face becomes less.”
While there exist simpler ways to improve looks, like Photoshop, why people opt for surgeries is because many people use Facebook to find partners. A woman said that “Sometimes you have to meet people in real life too, if you don’t look the same as in your photo, then it’s sort of fake, isn’t it?”
People opt for laser skin treatment, rhinoplasty and chin augmentation, among other procedures, in order to improve their romantic chances on social networking sites. While the social media age is impacting the young and old alike, this Facebook trend certainly seems to be a costly affair.