Aesthetic Surgery Journal Open Forum Study Determines Which Instagram Filters Create The Most Flattering And Youthful Appearances

NEW YORK, July 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Findings from a recent study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal Open Forum, one of the two official publications of The Aesthetic Society, assessed popular Instagram filters to discover the “most flattering,” “most youthful,” “least flattering,” and “least youthful” when applied to portrait photos of women.

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Recently, studies have revealed that content on social media platforms like Instagram are encouraging patients to undergo cosmetic procedures, particularly among social media’s large, millennial population. Doctors have indicated these patients typically display filtered photos during their consultation as a way to communicate expectations. The study, titled “What is the Ideal Instagram Filter?” set out to determine which Instagram filters create the most flattering and youthful appearances for patients as they attempt to illustrate their desired post-op appearance.

“As plastic surgeons, we are always searching for better ways to communicate with our patients, so we can understand their particular desires – and utilizing social media is a dynamic method for patients to illustrate what they truly hope for,” states Anthony Youn, MD, FACS, author of the study. “Photo filters are here to stay.  Determining the ideal Instagram filters can give us insight into more than just the desired surgical or non-surgical cosmetic outcome, but what our society as a whole considers flattering and desirable,” he explains.

A total of 78 respondents participated in the study that analyzed standardized photos of women that were altered with popular Instagram filters. The study found the top filters for each of the categories outlined below in order:

  • “Most Flattering”
    • Juno, Lark, and Sierra
  • “Most Youthful”
    • Reyes, Rise, and Gingham
  • “Least Flattering”
    • Hefe, X-Pro, and Slumber
  • “Least Youthful”
    • Perpetua, Crema, and Aden

The filters found to be most youthful and most flattering each made the subject’s face brighter, smoothed imperfections, and accentuated light colors. Conversely, the filters determined to be the least flattering and youthful darkened the photos and increased contrast and shadows, making the subject appear flat and dull; typical of an aged look, where the radiance has been sapped from the skin. This is in contrast to filters like Juno, considered by the author to be the “Instagram Ideal.” Studying why these filters are chosen by patients, plastic surgeons can better understand what results patients are seeking.

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The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (The Aesthetic Society) is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. The Aesthetic Society is comprised of more than 2,600 members in North America and internationally; Active Members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International Active Members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements. The Aesthetic Society is at the forefront of innovation in aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine globally.

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About the Aesthetic Surgery Journal and Aesthetic Surgery Journal Open Forum:

The Aesthetic Society Journal is the official publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. It is published twelve times per year and contains scholarly articles on new advances and procedures pertaining to cosmetic medicine and the plastic surgery industry. ASJ is indexed by MEDLINE/PubMed and with the Clarivate Journal Citation Report (JCR; formerly ISI). It is the official English-language journal of more than 20 major international societies of plastic, aesthetic, and reconstructive surgery representing South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. It is also the official journal of The Rhinoplasty Society, The Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons . The Journal offers Continuing Medical Education articles and exams.

Aesthetic Surgery Journal Open Forum is an Open Access, peer-reviewed international journal focusing on the latest developments and practical, clinical advances in aesthetic surgery and cosmetic treatments. It is an official publication of The Aesthetic Society.

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About Dr. Anthony Youn:

Anthony Youn, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon in private practice in Metro Detroit, Michigan.  He is an active member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and an ambassador for the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.  Dr. Youn is the author of In Stitches: A Memoir and The Age Fix. His newest book, Playing God: The Evolution of a Modern Surgeon, will be published by Post Hill Press on September 17, 2019.  He is the host of the popular podcast “The Holistic Plastic Surgery Show” and is very active on social media, including Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. Dr. Youn is an assistant professor of surgery at William Beaumont / Oakland University School of Medicine.

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