“The Selfie, Self-Image, and Self-Esteem: The Rhinoplasty Patient in the Digital Social World,” was the title of a panel discussion at the recent American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) Advances in Rhinoplasty Course in Chicago.

Panelists including therapist Laura Berman, PhD; Chicago facial plastic surgeon Steve Dayan, MD; Chicago’s Windy City Live beauty expert and writer Nicole Pearl; San Francisco facial plastic surgeon and meeting co-chair David W. Kim, MD; and Susanna Negovan, editor and publisher of Splash, Chicago Sun-Times’ weekly magazine, talked about common motivators for rhinoplasty with special attention toward how social media has changed our sense of self-identity and self-awareness.

Fully one in three AAFPRS members report an uptick in requests for procedures due to patients being  more aware of their looks on social media platforms.