Facing The Future: What You Need To Know About Cosmetic Surgery And Facial Recognition Software Systems

If you have scheduled a facial cosmetic surgery, congratulations on your decision! After all of the deliberation, consultations, and financing, you likely feel ready and eager for your surgery day to arrive. Before you head in for your surgery, however, take a step back and assess whether or not you need to first make arrangements so that facial recognition software systems will still identify you as you. 

Wait, facial recognition software systems? It may sound like a thing of the future, but this technology actually exists and is being used more and more each day. If you do not first investigate whether or not facial recognition software is a part of your life, you may find your fresh cosmetically-enhanced face locking you out of your computer, your bank accounts, or even your job.

What is "Facial Recognition Software"?

In the past few decades, technological advancements have made it possible to identify a person with only a photograph. Facial recognition software programs can take a photograph of a person's face, run it against a database of stored photographs or across social media websites, and return a positive identification of that person. It can also serve as an identity verification system, and more and more companies are seeing this software's potential value as a tool to reduce unauthorized use or access to buildings or computers.

The programs work by "mapping" the picture of a face and pinpointing key identifying features, like the distance between eyes and plane of the nose, and then matching that photo with picture profiles that share the same mapped features. This technology is so accurate that even the FBI now uses it to investigate crimes.

How Your Cosmetic Procedure Impacts Facial Recognition Software

After your cosmetic surgery, your face may not be easily identified by facial recognition software. The extent of your plastic surgery plays a role in how significantly your new profile disrupts these software programs. For example, a Botox injection may have little or no impact on this software, but a full face lift combined with a rhinoplasty and jaw implant will certainly diminish this software's efficacy.

Even though you may not care whether or not governmental agencies can identify you, the extent of your plastic surgery can still impact your life in surprising ways.

Your online social life. Many social media and dating sites have integrated this technology. If you want these sites to recognize you or automatically tag you in pictures, upload post-surgery profile pictures so that these websites can map your new facial features and match your new face to your existing account.

Your laptop. Many new laptop computer models give you the option of logging on via facial verification software instead of through an old-school password-protected system. If you have an upcoming cosmetic surgery scheduled, temporarily change your laptop's settings back to password protection entry, and change back to photo verification after your surgery is healed. Otherwise, you may find yourself locked out.

Clocking in. Even employers are jumping on the facial recognition software bandwagon! If your workplace uses a facial verification system for clocking in and out, have your human resources department take an updated photograph so that you still get paid for your time on the job.

Banking. Banks and banking customers can especially benefit from facial verification software systems. These systems help ward off identity theft, fraud, illicit ATM withdrawals, and even old-fashioned bank robberies. Talk to your bank about its use of facial verification software, and update your photo after your surgery is complete. Don't forget to also update any banking apps you may have on your phone or computer!


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