NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Cosmetic surgeons say many people are going under the knife to get better photographs of themselves to share on social networks.
Dallas native Kelly Alexander in many ways is a ‘young’ 51-year-old. Charming, bubbly and outgoing.
Kelly, a wedding photographer and one of the Dallas Cowboys’ executive photographers, is always behind the camera. But these days, she’s taking a lot of selfies. “I am the queen of selfies,” she said.
That wasn’t the case just a few months ago. Things changed, and even now Kelly has trouble speaking about it. “A friend of mine took a couple of candids of me at the stadium. And, it broke my heart.”
She saw the picture that was taken and instantly had an emotional reaction. “I looked like a little old lady,” she says. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh! I can’t really look like this.’”
That’s when Kelly decided to take matters in her own hands. She met Dr. Jeffery Adelglass of Skintastic Medical and Rejuvenation Center in Dallas. She got a facelift and liposuction under her chin.
Kelly may not be alone. A recent survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that one in three plastic surgeons reported an increase in facial procedures by patients who want to look better online.
Dr. Adelglass said he sees a lot of patients coming to him with pictures. “I’m seeing a newer trend where people are actually looking at pictures of themselves and saying, “I wanna look like me, only better.’”
In his 35 years of cosmetic surgery practice, Dr. Adelglass has seen change come to his business.
“There’s an explosion in video. People are constantly on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and their pictures are right in front of them.”
Kelly is very pleased with her look. “I feel more confident. I told Dr. Adelglass, ‘you didn’t give me my looks back. You gave me my life back.’”
The cost of a non-surgical facelift starts at about $500. But, cosmetic surgery can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000.
If going under the knife is not your cup of tea, there are smartphone apps that promise to make you prettier in photos.
Here’s a list of some of them:
- SkinneePix claims it can make your pictures look slimmer
- Facetune claims to fix dull and blemished skin
- Perfect365 – One-Tap Makeover says it will airbrush selfie photos
- FaceLift lets you try on cosmetic surgery effects virtually
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