Houston plastic surgeon develops "Facebook Facelift"

By Rachel McNeill - Anchor

HOUSTON - In our selfie obsessed world, many people are less than pleased with how they look in those snapshots.

A renowned Houston plastic surgeon has developed what he calls the "Facebook Facelift" some folks just might "Like."

So how many takes do you do before posting that #nofilter selfie?

Ann Hammond told KPRC 2, "I'm on Facebook and Facetime and Skyping  and my concern is the way I look on social media and it's something that more people are using every day and I don't think I look so good from the angle that my phone shows and my computer shows."

Hammond remembers a Skype chat with her daughter in Atlanta that was particularly jarring.

She said, "(My daughter) was like, 'What's going on with your neck?!' because I think when you (Skype), you're shooting it from this angle and you see things you normally don't see when you're trying to take your own picture."

Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Franklin Rose said, "I think with social media being omnipresent in our lives, people just want to look better."

Dr. Rose said many people, particularly women, are less than pleased with their appearance on social media.

He explained, "Particularly on Facebook and Facetime (we can do) lifting procedures. You can see (Ann's) neck is very 'crepe-y'.  There's a lot of loose skin here.  So this should be a nice, straight forward procedure to get this (area) lifted and rejuvenated."

Ann, who is newly single, is getting a stem cell facelift and eyelid rejuvenation.

Dr. Rose said, "We're taking certain fat transpositions that have a certain stem cell component and of course we're able to keep the incisions tucked well behind the hair.  So you really won't see any scars.  After about 10 to 12 days, she'll be able to Facebook and Facetime all she wants."

Ann said, "I hope there's a big difference!"

According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, facial cosmetic procedures are up nearly 10 percent with the biggest rise seen in women in their twenties.

Some experts attribute that increase to the popularity of social media.

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