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Between 2010 and 2011, chin augmentation procedures have increased by an incredible 71%. The surgery creates a more defined jaw line to better balance the patient’s facial features. Thus, many professionals in the field are exploring a possible correlation between this surgery and the overwhelming popularity of Facebook, which features close-up profile photos that focus in on the face.

The overall nature of social media is to make connections between family, friends and coworkers. Once you create an online profile, you begin to see yourself through the eyes of others. The problem that may lie with this is the possibility of not liking what you see.

Often, photos posted online may not be your most flattering and some have decided to turn to plastic surgery for a solution. Since many online photos are now taken with smartphones, heaviness, fullness, and sagging of the face and neck are greatly emphasized due to the angle at which the phone is held, with the subject looking downward into the camera.

Both chin augmentations and liposuction are good options for a person who would like to address this particular problem area. Other procedures that can improve your facial appearance in photos may include, rhinoplasty, Botox, and injectable fillers.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, cosmetic procedures increased 82% between 1997 and 2011. A report published in February by the American Society of Plastic Surgeon found that cosmetic surgeries were up 2% in 2011, despite the struggling economy, with a 5% rise in facelifts and a 71% increase in chin augmentations, the two most Facebook-friendly surgeries.

You can learn more about each of these procedures and if they’re right for you on our Face Procedures page.