Plastic surgeons said camera phones are causing a rise in the number of patients heading to their offices.
Eyewitness News talked to a local surgeon who said the selfie craze has some people going to extremes, all to look picture perfect.
Camera phones make it easy to snap countless pictures of yourself wherever you go. But Eyewitness News looked into if selfies are warping people's self-image.
Dr. John Borkowski of American Cosmetic Surgery in Middletown said ever since selfies became popular, more patients are looking to get a nip and tuck.
"Sometimes they get a little too obsessed with looking at themselves and especially with the close-ups," Borkowski said.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there were more than 11 million cosmetic procedures performed last year in the United States. That's the largest amount of surgeries since the 2008 recession and it wasn't cheap.
Patients spent more than $12 billion at the plastic surgeon's office, that's up 12 percent from the year before.
Borkowski told Eyewitness News in the past cosmetic procedures were something patients would carefully consider, but now it seems to be more of a whim.
"In our practice we turn down about 50 percent of patients who come in for procedures," Borkowski said.
Surgeons must carefully screen patients to see if their expectations are realistic or if the patient is simply hunting for imperfections.
Borkowski warns that patients need to get an accurate picture of themselves before considering a procedure.
"Stay away from your camera a little more and get a more realistic picture of the way you look at yourself, the way other people are looking at you," Borkowski said.
Experts say they saw jumps in the number of rhinoplasty, hair transplants and eyelid surgeries - numbers that they link to the selfie.
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