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The Truth Behind Instagram-Famous Plastic Surgeons | Shady | Refinery29

I kept seeing on Instagram people getting their lips done and how they looked more pouty and it looked really cute and I really liked it. I took selfies everyday for a while, right
after I did it. Social media is about projecting an image–the perfect selfie, the perfect body. You can easily add a filter to obscure your
flaws and achieve the illusion of perfection. But why stop there? In 2016, Americans spent more than 8 billion dollars on minimally invasive procedures – botox, lazer, filler. How has social media collided with these emerging cosmetic techniques to drive young women to chase the filtered look? And who benefits from the rise of this culture of perfection? I’ve always liked the shape of my lips, but
I felt like there was something missing. And that they would just look so much nicer if I had just added a little bit of something. Meet Ashley. Like many young women, she spends hours upon hours looking at her own image online, seeking ways to alter, improve and perfect her look. This was directly after. It was just like a new me. Like I had a new face. I had a new enhancement. So this was the second day and it was way
more swollen. But I was like, “Okay, this is fun.” I took a lot of selfies that day, from all angles. “Look! I just got my lips done!” You know what I mean? People are much more aware of their visual profile because visual communication is such a key part of connecting with people. Because they’re images, we tend to hyper focus on specific things that we like and don’t like about ourselves. So social media has to have had a massive impact on the popularity of these even if they are more widely available. I’m sure it has and, in part, it’s decreased the stigma over having plastic surgery. Kiss those lines goodbye! Discover new Juvederm XC. Botox and filler have historically been marketed to women in their 40’s and above, but social media has helped drive the demand for cosmetic work like this younger and younger. In the last 10 years, the use of soft tissue fillers and botox injections are trending up for women in their twenties. I feel like I check Instagram every half hour. My boyfriend gives me a hard time all the time. He’s says I’m obsessed. I feel like if I tried to get off social media it would be really hard for me. Like it actually would be really hard for me. It’s almost like there’s a rush, in a way. You know, when people are liking your photos that you’ve posted. It’s kind of, it’s like a validation. Though social media platforms were designed for community, a place to share fun moments with friends, they’ve become a marketplace for advertisers to reach women seeking out that perfect look. Much of it flows out of that hotbed of status and beauty…Beverly Hills. A zip code that offers a kind of prestige for plastic surgeons like doctor Daniel Barrett. He’s seen the effect of social media on his practice. To work in this industry in Beverly Hills, it’s 100% essential to be on social media. I get a lot of patients that find me by doing
hashtag searches. Relax your head back. I’m going to do the same angle before and
then after, okay? When it comes to cosmetic procedures, whether on Instagram, Yelp or Realself, social media platforms can be a good source of information. But not all information on social media is medically accurate. It’s up to doctors to explain the risks. Perfect. Plastic and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Anita Patel, sees many patients who don’t fully understand the risks, even of minimally invasive procedures, like injectables, including botox or fillers that smooth out wrinkles or plump up lips. I think social media glosses over the risks
of injectables. Injectables have become so common and people see it everywhere and in their mind it’s a very easy thing to have done. I think they’re kind of comparing it to, say, a hair salon appointment or getting a facial and it’s really not the same thing. It’s a medical procedure and it needs to be treated that way. So usually even with numbing you can kind
of feel this going in and a little bit of the product because of the gel. It stings a little bit. What are the risks of getting dermal filler? Even in the best of circumstances the most trained person, a complication is still always possible. There can be things like blindness, loss of skin. Plastic surgeons like Dr. Barrett and Dr. Patel are board certified, but there’s actually no requirement that a doctor be board certified. So who else is performing these procedures? And if they’re not board certified…is it enough to be celebrity certified? In a world where posts of celebrity cosmetic procedures influence others, a simple hashtag or link opens the door for millions of followers to check out the office where it was performed. In our culture we have a bad habit these days of equating important or celebrity with skills and authority. Somehow we’re presuming because they’re well known, that they’re qualified. But the other problem with all of this is that frequency increases liking and liking increases trust. So in theory someone who’s marketing their medical practice on Instagram, the more they post, the more you’ll trust them. Correct. We’re on our way to meet with the original
Doctor of Instagram. He has over 2.5 million followers, just on Instagram alone. In fact actually the person who introduced me to Instagram was Kim Kardashian. Meet Dr. Simon Ourian. He’s famous for injecting Kylie Jenner’s lips…when she was 17. And thanks to his celebrity clientele and social media savvy, he’s becoming known as the Doctor who is reshaping Hollywood. As someone who covers beauty and has covered beauty for a long time, it’s almost impossible to have a conversation about doctors on social media without you coming up. If you’d asked me, probably, eight years ago that at some point you can wake up in the morning and reach 2.5 million people…I’d say, “It’s impossible.” Instagram was the right medium for us. In 15 seconds I could exactly show what I do. Dr. Ourian is a medical doctor licensed in
the state of California. But the rest of his path has been…unconventional. So you didn’t finish your residency? No. Halfway through it I realized that’s not my thing. I didn’t want to do that anymore. I just wanted to do something that had to do with aesthetics. I thought I wanted to do something different… Is it pretty rare to not have finished it? Yeah, it was kind of like one of those life altering moments in your life. There weren’t that many options for aesthetics and I thought, “I’ll see what else is out there for me.” Doctors don’t have to finish residency in order to practice. But in 2009, Dr. Ourian did run into some trouble. He was accused of gross negligence, misleading advertising, and inadequate record keeping. After admitting to many, but not all of the allegations made against him, he was placed on probation and required to practice under the supervision of another doctor. Dr. Ourian completed the terms of his probation and it was lifted early. Today, that part of the story is not on Instagram. But what is on Instagram is a steady stream of posts about his business and business is booming. This is Tiffany, a model and actress. She’s never had lip injections, but has always thought her top lip was too small. 30.5. And lips are Dr. Ourian’s specialty. I trust Dr. Ourian 100%. Are you ready for your adventure. How are you feeling? I don’t feel anything, yeah. That vibrating thing is cool. It’s called Vibrata. Sometimes I want to create more of a lift, so I use some products that stay very nice and firm. The truth of the matter is if I was just good at marketing and not good at what I do, first of all Kardashians wouldn’t come to me. I mean I can bring a billion people to my office, but at some point you have to deliver the results. We are all done! Wow. There’s so much more even but the swelling will go down. Yes, absolutely. Just don’t smile. Close your mouth. We go to Instagram and then write something like, “Lip Aug.” There you go. So cool. Communicating with obviously 2.5 million or more, I’m not expecting that even a fraction of them are going to end up in my practice. But it’s a good way of adding a lot of information that is as honest as possible and trying to show what are the pros and cons of the procedures that they are looking for. It’s true. Dr. Ourian pumps out information online in a carefully curated feed. It’s made him one of the most well known doctors on Instagram and a magnet for millions of women chasing the perfect face and that one flawless selfie. Wow, I really like this photo, I wish I looked like this in real life. This is not like this isn’t me, I didn’t have to edit this photo. Other than smoothing my face on FaceTune and
making it black and white. But I didn’t touch my nose, I didn’t touch my eyebrows, I didn’t touch my eyes, I didn’t touch my lips. Like it’s just a really good photo, but I almost want to recreate it in person. But how can I do that? I can’t. Or can I? Thanks for watching Refinery29. For more videos like this, click here. And to subscribe, click here.

76 thoughts on “The Truth Behind Instagram-Famous Plastic Surgeons | Shady | Refinery29

  1. Their is a difference between looking for for attention and prostitution and looking good for job and boost self esteem. You know humans are not immoral and a way to age beautifully is throw plastic surgery, fillers, botox, gym, beauty, and makeup.

  2. Thanks god for that day I decided to don’t have Instagram and Twitter,no Snapchat,just use the normal and healthy social media for me,and here I am still natural and normal person

  3. Hey everyone I'm trying to kick start my online career as I need to work from home due to my illness, if you would like to support me here is my crowd funding page. Thank you so much xoxox

  4. I really wish more women would embrace their uniqueness and take the things that make them different and learn how to embrace them. Believe me, I understand how much easier said than done it is, especially with the rampant fake toxicity that social media is. That exact same look…. you know the one, the big lips, crazy filler induced face and exact same body shape is becoming so boring and redundant, people aren't even attractive in different ways anymore. It's like they all look exactly the same.
    So sad.

  5. Why people do not understand inner beauty is more important dan ur outside beauty.where is earth going? Accept urself as u r .Your world will be beautiful. ❤

  6. I don’t care what I look like for instance when I tell ppl I know I’m ugly bc they called me ugly they think I’m others I’m not I just say that bc I like to express my ugly ness it’s better then beauty in my mind I like being ugly it’s fun to get called ugly it makes me ugly yea I’m weird don’t ask and I don’t want ppl to be sad for me cause I’m happy

  7. “Like many young women, she spend hours upon hours looking at her own image online”

    Bruh, I’m flipping sad for all the girls reading this line

  8. You the only person that look at yourself for hours so ion know where the heck you got ‘many women’ from🤨

  9. I still don’t get why people do that to their lips… I think my lips are fine. It’s not like I’m incredibly comfortable with how I look, but I definitely can accept that I don’t need to literally get medical procedures make me feel good. I go through enough medical drama for actually problems, and I think it’s just dumb to get more. I can’t afford those procedures, and I don’t need them. I just don’t think I will ever understand it.

  10. Anybody else just not relate? Like my feed is puppies, memes, musicals, and activism. I don’t tend to look at other people’s posts, I just look at cat videos and listen to music. No lips on my Instagram

  11. Just saying, that doctor is letting someone come out of numbness after a medical procedure and then taking a picture like instantly. That’s worriyin

  12. i dont event wann watch it . spititual ppl dont relate with this . also the awaken n concious ppl . no way . grow ur soul not ur body . so silly 🙃

  13. Anybody notice how beautiful and pretty Dr.Patel was??I just love seeing her face.
    And the first woman she talk to,wearing blue top,her face was soooo fake.It looks like a full botox inj. or plastic surgery done.

  14. I hate that more and more of sponsored advertisings pop up in between the feeds on instagram. it is just like watching endless advertising using so called influencers.

  15. 5:26 was that kylie ? idk just surprised they would actually show her getting that done. ANYWAYS my actual concern is grandpa joe at the end of the video…..
    GIRL….you don't need to change your appearance.
    You need to change YOUR THINKING.

  16. I used to be almost addicted to Instagram and Snapchat. Posting and scrolling all day until I realized I didn’t want to waste my precious time anymore on social media. The total hours spent on social media add up to days, weeks, months without knowing it. I didn’t want to be 40 and look back and say “wow time flies, I should’ve never spent half of my precious youth on social media” that’s one thing I didn’t want to regret . Now I occasionally just watch YouTube videos now and then

  17. That woman honestly saddens me. She is completely out of touch with reality and doesn’t care about anything but her looks and Instagram. The world is a sad place. 😭

  18. These doctors take the most perfect faces and point out flaws because thats how they earn and celebrities will never be honest with people because they earn that way too and they dont care about the consequences of their lies. Plastic surgery in any case is not an option until and unless someone has had an accident and their face has been disfigured or something similar other than that i dont see any reason to take that risk. There are so many complications and it literally ends up ruining lives in a huge number of cases. Its just not worth it.

  19. Anita Patel is stunning and natural. How do her patients not see she doesn't have any procedure with her lips

  20. Crappy generation. Addicted to this demonic social media hype. Lacking self love, lacking self respect. Living in a vacant vague world. If you really don't live yourself, no freaking filler will help you. It needs to come from within.

  21. What she says from 10:20 is honestly fucking scary. like. it's your face. you don't have to recreate it or wish for your face to look like that. it literally is your face

  22. Awww poor white people black people don’t need fillers in our lips because are lips are naturally large 💋

  23. There is one book that I love, it's about body positivity and it's SO uplifting! It's called ''The art of accepting your flaws: Body positivity. Love Yourself: Your guide to loving your perfectly imperfect body'' by author Florence Mitchell. It's available on Kindle on Amazon. I highly recommend it to everyone <3

  24. A good cosmetologist or watching makeup tutorials can do wonders. I think changing your makeup is fun and you can always wash it off; but surgery is permanent, like a tattoo, it's a commitment

  25. I’m glad this isn’t my generation. As a 40 year old woman, this makes me sad. It’s not natural and it’s not how these girls were really born. Validations by other people liking your photo!?? What?!! Who cares what others think, love yourself.

  26. WTF?! (Cosmetic) Doctors don't have to finish their education to practice?! No wonder so many end up botched. Why in the h*ll would anyone in their right mind even go to this guy? Only in America…

  27. I actually use Instagram for photography and tend to unfollow those who use it for selfies. I don't find meaning in life by looking at someone's made up lips, but I follow people who post beautiful pictures of mother nature. But something I've noticed about Instagram is that when you take a really moving and beautiful picture of a landscape, the amount of likes are far less than when you take a dumb selfie and post it. 😑

  28. I honestly feel sorry for that girl constantly scrolling through her phone looking at photos of herself, she’s such a pretty girl she doesn’t need to keep changing things about her appearance…
    I understand it’s her face she can do whatever she likes, I just think it’s so sad. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

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