For some users, Instagram is a fun distraction from daily life and a way to stay in touch with friends and family.
But for others, the social media platform has the potential to produce feelings of inadequacy and pressure to conform to unrealistic standards of beauty.
In response to these issues, Instagram has taken measures to limit cosmetic and weight loss content to certain users.
Here’s how and why Instagram is cutting down on unrealistic cosmetic results.
How Is Instagram Cutting Down on Unrealistic Cosmetic Results?
In an attempt to cut down on unrealistic cosmetic results, Instagram recently announced several changes to their advertising guidelines and policies.
Moving forward, users under the age of 18 will be restricted from content promoting weight loss and cosmetic procedures.
This move doesn’t come as a big surprise and supports Instagram’s effort to promote self-love, inclusivity, and body positivity on the platform.
Many aesthetic experts are also in favor of the policy shift, as children and adolescents are extremely impressionable and may feel the need to conform to beauty standards that they see on social media.
The Role of Influencer Transparency
In addition to restricted content, some are calling for more influencer transparency and honesty. Especially when it comes to highlighting weight loss, glowing skin, or plumped cheeks and lips.
By revealing that these attributes are not solely from diet, exercise, or makeup, influencers can aid in decreasing unrealistic expectations and pressure that many users feel to fit in with the online community.
Should Instagram Verify Experts in Plastic Surgery and Dermatology?
With Instagram cutting down on unrealistic cosmetic results, there’s also been talk of implementing a verification system for true cosmetic experts.
Accordingly, accounts of board-certified dermatologists and plastic surgeons would be identified with a colored checkmark to demonstrate that the cosmetic content comes from an informed and qualified source.
While social media can provide some useful information regarding cosmetic procedures, an in-person consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist is always the best source for accurate and personalized information.