A new take on the traditional facelift procedure is ensuring that patients are able to look good while talking on video communication applications, such as Skype or the iPhone's FaceTime.
Many opt for a facelift or other plastic surgery after seeing photos of themselves and deciding they don't like the look. Skype and FaceTime have also contributed to these feelings. As the user chats with a friend, they can see the image of themselves the friend is seeing as well – causing many people to consider plastic surgery to correct features they don't like, reports WJLA in Washington D.C.
"I noticed that the jowls and neck line were sagging. I thought to myself, 'Oh my gosh – do I look like this?'" said Jennifer Miller, who opted for a facelift after using Skype extensively.
One Washington D.C. plastic surgeon picked up on the trend after his wife has complained about her facial features while using her iPad. The surgeon created the "FaceTime Facelift" for patients who want a facelift procedure with no scars that will show up while talking online.
Typically, a facelift leaves a small scar right underneath the chin. However, the nature of webcams means these scars can often show up while chatting with a friend. Thus, the "FaceTime Facelift" uses incisions behind the ears in order to perform the facelift.
Miller ultimately opted for a "FaceTime Facelift" as a 50th anniversary present to herself. After getting the surgery, Miller told the news source she was quite happy with her results.
"I love it, I love it," she said. "I have such great definition now and the jowls are gone and everyone I know says I look so much younger."