1. Reality TV producer Triana Lavey was a big fan of taking selfies, and would use photo-editing apps like Perfect365 to make herself look flawless.
2. But Lavey constantly felt self-conscious about how she looked in pictures, and decided to take the next step in her search for the perfect selfie: plastic surgery.
“Your social media presence is just as important as your real-life presence,” she told ABC News.
3. While looking at her face in photos or while Skyping, Lavey would often find herself staring at what she felt were imperfect features, like her chin or nose.
“It’s kind of the first thing I look for in a photo, which is, how does my chin look? Which is really weird,” said the senior talent manager for the uFluencer Group, a Los Angeles-based public relations firm that specializes in managing rising social media stars.
4. The semifinalist on Last Comic Standing visited Beverly Hills surgeon Dr. Richard Ellenbogen to talk about a chin implant, but he recommended she also get additional procedures, like fat grafting and a nose job.
The surgery would be worth around $15,000, but Lavey got a discount for being a family friend of the doctor.
5. “To me, plastic surgery should be a last-ditch effort,” she said. “After you have worked out, after you’ve good discipline in your diet and exercise then you go to surgery.”
6. Although she had the surgery two years ago, Lavey told ABC News that she has since had corrective surgery on her nose, more fat-grafting, and Botox.
“I look like myself, but photoshopped,” she said, adding that she considers Botox a necessity.
“It’s kind of like in my bills like rent, food, gasoline, medical insurance…[then] Botox.”
7. And she finally got to put up what she called the “quintessential profile shot.”
“I never would have put that on,” she said, “because my little chin would’ve been looking like a little turtle.”
8. The now-38-year-old said the surgery wasn’t just an ego boost, but a way to enhance promoting herself on social media.
“Today this business is moving at the speed of the internet,” she said. “Your selfie is your head shot so you can reinvent yourself every day with your iPhone. It’s a legitimate form of promoting yourself.”
She added, “Not everyone is born beautiful, and if you can get a little help from an app or a nip-tuck then more power to you.”