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Woman's 15K plastic surgery selfies: Facial overhaul for snapping better selfies

A woman’s 15K worth of “plastic surgery selfies” was her remedy to a vexing problem: She hated the way she looked in her social media self portraits – selfies – and went under the knife to overhaul her face. The social media-obsessed Los Angeles woman is following a trend of increased plastic surgeries because of exposure on social sites. Our faces are out there a lot more these days; better look good.

Photoshopped face to reality. Triana Lavey, before and after her plastic surgery.
Courtesy Dr. Richard Ellenbogen

According to cnet.com on April 25, 39-year-old talent agent Triana Lavey is infatuated with sites like Facebook, Twitter and Skype – and evidently herself. Lavey once used “virtual nip and tuck apps” like Photoshop to improve her selfies, but finally gave in and had some permament changes made. For $15,000, Lavey bought a new chin and nose, underwent fat grafting and received Botox injections.

“Social media has really changed so much about how we look at ourselves and judge ourselves,” Lavey told ABC's Nightline. “Ten years ago, I don't think I even noticed that I had a weak chin. I now have the face that I always thought that I had. I look like myself, but Photoshopped.”

Of course, Lavey is far from the only person who evidently believes that her virtual self is just as important as her actual one. But not many are so open about their reasons for wanting their face altered. “Your selfie is your headshot, so you can reinvent yourself every day with simply your iPhone,” Lavey commented. “It’s a legitimate form of promoting yourself.”

The Huffington Post's Weird News points out that Lavey’s initial plastic surgery was done a few years ago, but she has continued to have corrective work done. Lavey also receives regular Botox treatments to keep her face wrinkle free.

A survey published on Media Bistro found that more than a million selfies are taken each day. That’s a lot of people pushing their face out there into the social media ether. Out of that amount, the survey showed that a whopping 36 percent of the selfie-takers admitted that before they posted their pic, they used some sort of app to alter their photo at least once.

Writes ABC News:

Think you look too fat? Try Skinnee Pix. Do you have dull skin or blemishes? Facetune can clear that right up. And if you just plain hate the way the photo came out, don’t worry because that can all be fixed. Perfect365 app allows users to airbrush selfie photos into instant cover girl perfection.

“I think using these apps and filtering and all of it, it skews our perception of how we should look. I think it’s making ourselves hold ourselves to a higher unrealistic standard,” Lavey said. “When you do see a picture of yourself hanging out, your instinct is, ‘Oh I wish I were tanner or not wrinkled’ or ‘wish this’ and this is a natural response due to the culture we’re gearing towards.’”

The senior talent manager for Los Angeles based uFluencer Group added: “Not everyone is born beautiful, and if you can get a little help from an app or a nip-tuck then more power to you.”

So what are your thoughts on the quest for a perfect face? An acceptable ego boost or a self-absorbed, self-indulgent selfie obsession? Leave your comments below. (We promise not to "alter" them to make them look better.)