Yesterday, Buzzfeed used Facebook Live to broadcast a video of a skin-tightening and lifting surgery being performed on a man who had lost 270 pounds. Aside from providing a vivid view of a bloody operation, the video also served as the latest example of what many see as Facebook's double standard when it comes to nudity — allowing photos and footage of men's chests while mostly prohibiting the display of women's. Regardless of the person's gender, it was quite a shock to me to see a live video of a seemingly random surgery suddenly pop up on social media, with not much by way of additional explanation provided to explain the context.
Vanity Fair published an excellent article last week, profiling a Miami plastic surgeon who's quickly amassed a following of millions of viewers on his Snapchat account by posting clips of his cosmetic surgeries, including "breast augmentations, tummy tucks, and, yes, Brazilian butt lifts." He explained the appeal of his Snapchat surgeries thusly: