Selfies are taking over the Internet these days, with everyone from celebrities to your old pals from high school sharing what they look like at every given moment. Apparently so much focus on one’s self has led at least one woman to head to the plastic surgeon’s office for some plastic surgery so that she is camera ready at all times, just like any other star. Talent manager Triana Lavey tells Nightline that she has spent over $15,000 on plastic surgery in order to take the perfect photo.
38-year old Los Angeles based Triana Lavey was less than thrilled with the selfies she was taking for her social media profiles. Rather than try new angles or Photoshop, Triana opted to head to the plastic surgeon’s office to help her look better in photos.
Focusing on her “weak chin,” Triana has since spent $15,000 to improve her looks. Since 2012, Triana has wanted to be photogenic and “look like a supermodel” and has not only had a chin implant procedure, but also a nose job as well as fat grafts to her cheeks and Botox injections in order to look her best in selfies.
“I now have the face that I always thought that I had,” the brunette explains. “I look like myself, but Photoshopped.”
Justifying the need for surgery she added: “Your social media presence is just as important as your real-life presence. It’s a legitimate form of promoting yourself.”
“Not everyone is born beautiful and if you can get a little help from . . . a nip-tuck then more power to you.”
Now it seems that Triana is done going under the knife, but still considers getting Botox injections to be a necessity, up there with food and rent.
“Botox to me is a necessity,” she said.
“It’s kind of like in my bills like rent, food, gasoline, medical insurance . . . [then] Botox.”
According to Triana, she wasn’t bothered by her looks before social media sites became so popular. But looking at photos of herself on Facebook and Twitter has led Triana to dislike her looks strongly enough to opt for plastic surgery because she felt so disgusted with her unflattering photos.
Since her procedures, Triana says she is more secure about her looks and doesn’t mind taking photos of herself at all—in fact, it seems the more the merrier is now her motto.
Triana explains that as social media has become more prevalent, it has also changed people’s perceptions about themselves. She says, “’It skews our perception of how we should look I think it’s making ourselves hold ourselves to a higher unrealistic standard.”
“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.”
Triana says that after her initial surgeries she then underwent a corrective nose job and more fat grafts but is now satisfied with her appearance.
Since the rise of the selfie, it seems that Triana isn’t the only one looking to plastic surgery rather than Photoshop to look great in pictures, according to plastic surgeon reports.none