Detailed within a video report published by ABC News, 38-year-old Triana Lavey of Los Angeles told the news network that she recently went through facial surgery procedures in pursuit of the perfect selfie. While there are a number of retouching mobile applications that can alter perceived facial imperfections within selfie shots, Lavey decided to go for a more extreme route by spending approximately $15,000 on a nose job as well as a chin implant and facial fat grafting. The last procedure is a process where fat is removed from a portion of a body, like the buttocks, and injected into specific areas on the face.
Prior to the procedure, Lavey specifically disliked how her “weak chin” looked in selfies that were published to both Facebook and Instagram. Justifying the facial surgery in pursuit for the perfect selfie, Lavey said “Your social media presence is just as important as your real-life presence.”
When asked about her appearance after the surgery, she said “I feel like I still look like myself, but photoshopped.” She also mentioned that she didn’t invest as much time thinking about her appearance prior to the rise in popularity of social networks. According to Lavey’s LinkedIn page, she works as a talent manager for a Los Angeles agency.
Despite enjoying the new look after the surgeries, Lavey is still using photo filters in applications like Instagram to improve on recently taken selfies. She’s also not done with the procedures. Besides a recent corrective procedure on her nose and another round of fat grafting, Lavey regularly gets Botox injections in her face. Speaking about Botox, Lavey said “Botox, to me, is a necessity. It’s kind of like in my bills, it’s like rent, food, gasoline, medical insurance, then Botox. It’s like a standard.“