Do selfies make you look older? Well, according to Rajiv Grover, plastic surgeon and President of The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), yes, they do.
In an interview with The Telegraph Grover said 17% of his clients mention selfie culture in the reasons for their interest in undergoing cosmetic surgery. This is due, he says, to the fact that this kind of photography accentuates features that people don’t normally want to highlight.
Grover, a keen photographer in his spare time, went on to say, “A phone’s 28mm lens does exactly what time does to your face, enlarging the front of your face so that it looks bigger as well as amplifying the features that get larger as you age.
“Add to that the fact that you tend to look down at your phone which makes the skin on your neck and jowls look saggy.”
According to Grover the typical selfie adds 7 years to the appearance of a woman over 40. He suggests adding distance or using a different angle to change which areas of your face are highlighted in your picture.
“A shot from above looking up stretches the neck, defines the jaw and distributes the soft tissue in your face (if you are 40 plus) more peripherally so that your face appears more balanced like it does in youth (less inner cheek and jowl volume and more fullness over the cheekbone and angle of the jaw).
“Using a selfie stick can also help or you could, of course, just give your phone to someone else.”
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