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June 27, 2019

Is There a Selfie Epidemic?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC
  • 2Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC
  • 3Department of Psychiatry, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2019;21(5):367-368. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2019.0419

Chen et al1 should be commended for this novel study, which attempts to directly relate the current landscape of social media to the acceptance of cosmetic surgery. Their findings that social media investment had a positive effect on the consideration of surgery corroborates the rising trend noticed among facial plastic surgeons.2 The discussion provided on the negative effect of social media and, more specifically, selfies highlights the need to better understand the underlying motives and characteristics of our patients.