Is social media the reason for plastic surgery request spike?

New survey says it just may be

By Tara Evans - Executive Producer
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ORLANDO, Fla. - Social media has our photos all over it, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that along with that can come feelings of jealousy, self-doubt and loneliness. Your self-esteem may even take a hit.

According to TIME Magazine, a new poll from the American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) says that social media activity may actually be contributing to an uptick in plastic surgery requests.

The survey looked at 752 of the AAFPRS' board-certified facial plastic surgeons on plastic and cosmetic surgery trends.

This year, surgeons say there's a 31 percent increase in plastic surgery requests because of how people wanted to present themselves on social media.

If you're thinking breast augmentations and facial procedures rank at the top, you're right.  However, you may be surprised to hear the surgery that's rapidly gaining popularity is upper-arm lifts.

In 2012, Americans spent $61 million on the procedure, which removes excess skin on the back of their arms. Since 2000, there's been a 4,378 percent increase in the number of these procedures performed, and most people cite First Lady Michelle Obama as their inspiration.

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