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Comment & Response
March 28, 2019

Social Networks and the Rhinoplasty Patient

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neurosciences, Otolaryngology Section, University of Padova, Padova, Italy
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2019;21(3):264-265. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2018.1391

To the Editor We read with great interest the article by Rajanala and colleagues,1 titled “Selfies—Living in the Era of Filtered Photographs” and we congratulate the authors for the stimulating dissertation on the implications that selfies and photo editing may have on patients seeking surgery.

We live in the era of social networks, and the amount of time people spend to upgrade their own page lets us know the key role they play in their lives. The desire to appear more appealing to their followers mixed with a desperate need to perfect their physical aspect is becoming a sly tendency growing in our society, and the rapid proliferation of apps for image editing and the easy accessibility to them is making all of these possible, at least on the web. In addition, the progressive flourishing of photos published on social networks showing flawless postoperative results directly makes patient requests more ambitious.

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