Finally… A use for Instagram…  So many apps so little time! 
 
I never knew Instagram had filters that could “simulate” the reduction of age spots, lines & wrinkles so this is very exciting news.   Of course we have our Emage Computerized Scanning System however now you as the patient can take a selfie, use a filter or two and come in and show us how you look and more importantly, how you’d like to look.  
 
We can then discuss the various options to help you achieve your goal.   So if you’ve not downloaded Instagram or have it and didn’t know about the various filter options, now you too can join in the trend.

The rise of Instagram filter surgery: The women requesting cosmetic procedures that make them look like their flawlessly-edited selfies

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery said this new selfie driven trend ‘shows no sign of declining’

By Erica Tempesta For Dailymail.com

Women are now getting plastic surgery to look like their perfectly angled and flawlessly filtered Instagram selfies – in real life.

While it’s not uncommon for those seeking cosmetic procedures to request certain celebrities’ features, the latest plastic surgery trend sees women using their own edited snapshots from the social media app as a guideline for the operations they want done.

‘This is a huge trend,’ New York City-based plastic surgeon Dr Elie Levine told the New York Daily News. ‘People are bringing in pictures of themselves taken at a favorite angle or filtered, and saying they want to look like that.’

Geri Hubner, a mom from Central Jersey, started using Instagram filters to disguise her sagging jowl, but realized that she wanted to look like she did in her edited photos all of the time.

After showing New Jersey plastic surgeon Dr Andrew Miller her Instagram pics, she opted to have a neck lift.
‘He’s an artist. I should have done this years ago,’ Ms. Hubner told the outlet of her surgery.

But a desire to look like your favorite filtered selfie, doesn’t always result in going under the knife.   Janet Ross, 47, from San Francisco used the app’s Amaro filter to improve her photos before she sought out plastic surgeon Dr Jonathan Kaplan

All natural: This before photo shows how Dr Jonathan Kaplan's patient Janet Ross looked without an Instagram filter or any cosmetic fillers

All natural: This before photo shows how Dr Jonathan Kaplan’s patient Janet Ross looked without an Instagram filter or any cosmetic fillers

Instant transformation: The 47-year-old's before photo was then altered with Instagram's Sierra filter (left) and Inkwell filter (right)

Instant transformation: The 47-year-old’s before photo was then altered with Instagram’s Sierra filter (left) and Inkwell filter (right)

New woman: This after photo shows how Ms. Ross's skin looked after Dr Kaplan administered fillers and Botox

New woman: This after photo shows how Ms. Ross’s skin looked after Dr Kaplan administered fillers and Botox

Ms. Ross’s desired look was achieved through strategically placed fillers and Botox injections.
‘I feel way more confident,’ she told ABC News. ‘I don’t need the filters anymore.’

Dr Kaplan explained: ‘The patients coming in with the filters for Instagram are mostly concerned with wrinkles around their mouth, complexion and different blemishes, dark spots or red spots, and that’s great for them because you don’t really need any surgical procedure.’

According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, there was an increase in requests for cosmetic procedures in 2013 that were ‘sired by seflies’ – especially among those under 30.

The AAFPRS also said this trend ‘shows no sign of declining’, noting that selfie sticks were ‘must-have gifts of this past holiday season.’

While this trend may be here to stay, some medical professionals see a danger in people trying to achieve a warped idea of perfection.

Stacy Kaiser, a psychotherapist from Calabasas, California told ABC News: ‘Filters are something special that are designed for a camera, not a plastic surgeon’s fingers.’

Slight tweek: This patient showed Dr Levine Instagram photos of herself as a baseline for the procedures she wanted to have done

Slight tweek: This patient showed Dr Levine Instagram photos of herself as a baseline for the procedures she wanted to have done

No filter needed: This after photo highlights the patient's smoother skin and drastically reduced appearance of dark spots

No filter needed: This after photo highlights the patient’s smoother skin and drastically reduced appearance of dark spots