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NEWS10 Special Report: Selfie Obsession


ALBANY, N.Y. – The rise of selfies has caused so much self-awareness that it’s leading some people to the plastic surgeon’s office in order to erase their flaws.

Jennifer Graybeal, a mother of two, knows all the tricks on how to snap the perfect selfie. However, those pictures have also caused her to notice some of her imperfections.

“I see if it’s the wrong angle, I see maybe I have a double chin, bags under my eyes, fine lines,” she said.

Some say selfies may no longer be a sign of self-confidence anymore, instead becoming a sign of self-obsession.

“Taking selfies is a reflection of a society that’s pushing really hard to keep your self-esteem low,” said Kathleen Crowley, Professor of Psychology at the College of Saint Rose.

For many, the barrage of pictures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, has been leading people to go under the knife and needle. Dr. Jeffery Rockmore, a plastic surgeon, said he has seen an increase in patients who are more self-aware of their flaws because of social media.

“We absolutely see people that are seeing pictures of themselves, more commonly on things like Instagram and Facebook,” said plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffery Rockmore.

One of the most popular procedures for those looking to take a better picture is Botox.

“People see themselves visually more than they have before,” continued Rockmore, “It absolutely has increased the traffic within our office.”

While some may find it extreme to go under the knife for a photo, one New York City woman spent $15,000 on plastic surgery so she could have the perfect selfie.

“If you have 50 selfies of yourself from every possible angle you're going to be reflecting on what you look like,” said Professor Crowley.

For those who would rather not go under the knife for permanent solutions, there are even a number of phone applications on the market that are geared toward selfies. Some of those will allow a user to airbrush their photo, while some will make it look like you lost ten pounds off your face.

Graybeal said that she is open to the idea of plastic surgery, but for now, she will be sticking to technology to fix her flaws.

“I think we all want to look out best. It’s just human nature. It’s natural to care what other people think about you,” said Graybeal.

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