I don’t consider myself to be a terribly vain individual, but one of the main reasons why I hate using FaceTime is because I’m forced to look at my self-portrait if I want to see the person I’m talking to. My double chin always decides to make an appearance whenever my sister and niece send a FaceTime request, and half the time I just angle the camera away from my face.
Maybe if I were wealthy and cared more about my wrinkles and extra flab I’d call up Dr. Sigal to fix my FaceTime face, because apparently that’s his specialty. No, this isn’t an article from the Onion. Dr. Robert Sigal is a Washington DC-area plastic surgeon who specializes in reassembling human faces so that they’ll look better while video chatting.
“Patients come in with their iPhones and show me how they look on [Apple’s video calling application] FaceTime,” says Dr. Sigal. “The angle at which the phone is held, with the caller looking downward into the camera, really captures any heaviness, fullness and sagging of the face and neck. People say ‘I never knew I looked like that! I need to do something!’ I’ve started calling it the ‘FaceTime Facelift’ effect. And we’ve developed procedures to specifically address it.”
People who are self-conscious and insecure with their faces are probably going to be getting plastic surgery anyway, so the blame shouldn’t be placed on FaceTime. Having a insipid plastic surgeon taking pride in the insecurities of others’ digital appearances is just the latest trend in an industry that thrives on the vanity of society, but that doesn’t make it right. So before you call up Dr. Sigal and ask him for the Heidi Montag FaceTime Facelift treatment, try investing some money into a gym membership, or cut back on the Coca-Cola.