We get that a woman might mightily covet plumper lips even though her own mouth is simply divine, and that’s all well and good. But now there is a handy little app that lets you actually talk to a doctor keen on selling you those new lips, and book your appointment in the time it takes to order jalapeno poppers directly to your couch.
Zwivel is an app for iPhones targeting millennials into going under the knife to change something about themselves. Called “home-shopping for cosmetic surgery,” when you sign up, you get a digital consultation, so actual doctor opinions, different prices for your dream surgery, and available times for said operations, all in the comfort of your Netflix position on the couch.
Within the app, you immediately look at one slim Caucasian avatar, and tap on different parts of her so that little self-esteem threatening “concerns” pop up on the screen. For example, tick off “too small butt” or “too big butt,” and then they tell you what they can do for you. There’s countless concerns you might not have mulled over yet: excessive sweating, uneven contour, visible veins. And there’s an actual shopping cart for your new pencil eraser nips. Whoa.
In the hands of capable, informed people, elective surgery’s fine, but it is quite the serious decision involving you know anesthesia et. al. Real talk: the routineness of all of this, the idea that women would do this stuff the same way she might rent a movie, is a bit much. We firmly believe that young women are fully equipped to make decisions, but it seems like they might want to talk to people in their inner circle of trust other than surgeons before embarking on this app, which seems like it’s too instantly gratifying and pretty light on the information you would need from an in-office visit and extensive research.
What say you Rioters?