Need A Nip/Tuck? There’s An App For That!
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Whatever you don't like about yourself can be changed with the help of some new iPhone apps. One of them, iSurgeon, has users upload their picture and then make whatever adjustments they want.
Allison Shaw, a student at East Meck High School, says, "I think it's kinda crazy because I don't think you can really know what you're gonna look like through some kind of application." Shaw’s mom, Cindy, says "I think it might be fun to play around with it if you're thinking about plastic surgery."
Fun, but Charlotte plastic surgeon Stephan Finical urges caution. "It's dangerous to have someone looking at those things and playing with alterations,” he says. Finical worries the apps will appeal to a younger crowd with unrealistic expectations of what real surgery can do for them. He says a young woman's face doesn't stop growing until she's 18; a young man's, not until 21. He warns everyone to take any surgery seriously. "A lot of pop culture has really dumbed down the seriousness of plastic surgery,” says Finical.
The apps range in price from 99 cents to a couple bucks, but some tech sites predict the prices will go up as they gain in popularity. Southeast Charlotte resident Paige Carroll says of the app, "That can't replace a real doctor and their expectations." Carroll’s daughter Laura says, "I've done virtual makeovers online before but it’s all just for fun. I've never considered getting plastic surgery because of what that or an iPhone tells me."
Good advice. Have fun with the apps, but don't expect them to predict accurate surgical results. "It's not like Mr. Potato head where you snap somebody else's nose on. It doesn't work like that,” says Finical.
Some plastic surgeons have created their own apps where users can also download before and after pictures of patients. There are concerns those pictures could fall into the wrong hands and might not even be real.