HOUSTON, TX – Does it take you countless tries to get that perfect self portrait on your smartphone, and does your face look bigger than you’d like in your Skype chats?
“With social media and such frequent uploads of Facebook and Twitter, certainly I think images are more prevalent than ever,” said Dr. Franklin Rose of Utopia Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa.
However sometimes we don’t like what we see.
“We’ll get those lips nice and full and beautiful for that high digital skyping you’re doing,” Dr. Rose said to 19-year-old Mandy Hendrick who’s trying to make her lips a bit more kissable.
“I have a boyfriend that’s in the Navy, and I decided to get lip injections to have something new for him,” Hendrick said of her decision.
Her boyfriend Joshua has been deployed for seven months.
“It’s kind of hard because I miss him, but it’s more exciting when he comes home,” she said.
During their weekly Skype sessions, this already beautiful Hooters girl and pageant contestant still saw room from improvement.
“I’ve seen like Angelina Jolie’s lips and I feel like mine are a little on the small side.
After the short 30 minute procedure, Hendrick seemed happy with the results.
“I think he’ll probably be surprised at first like ‘oh my goodness,’ but I think he’ll like it,” she said of her new plumped up lips.
Dr. Rose said quick procedures like this are on the rise.
“Plastic surgery procedures including these types of operations, these so called med spa type of procedures, they continue to increase 10, 15 or 18 percent a year,” he detailed.
He said it’s likely because people are seeing themselves through other’s eyes more often on social media.
“I was kind of embarrassed at first like ‘oh gosh what are people going to say,’ but I heard that a lot of people do it so I was like ok,” Hendrick said.
Dr. Rose said it’s like a throwback to the pin up girls of World War II.
“You’re pretty enough that you could be a pin-up for the Iraq conflict,” he told Hendrick as she looked at her results.
Hey, whatever it takes to support our troops!