Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

People Are Now Getting Plastic Surgery To Look Like Snapchat Filters

People Are Now Getting Plastic Surgery To Look Like Snapchat Filters

Obviously, the phenomenon is established in body appearance issues and has a name: Snapchat dysmorphia.

The dermatology professors published these findings in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery journal, and reported that 55 percent of plastic surgeons are seeing patients whose main objective is to look better in selfies.

In fact, some even want to be able to look like their Snapchat-filtered selves, too. "I can make people a lot better, but it will take me a lot more time than a week and it won't be 100 percent".

In a 2013 TEDx talk, Northwestern University psychology professor Renee Engeln summarized the problem and its core, saying, "Our sense of what's real, what's possible when it comes to beauty, is warped by our overexposure to these images".

With the widespread use of photo-editing technology available through applications such as Snapchat and Facetune, the physical "perfection" once reserved only for magazine models and celebrities is now available to everyone.

Researchers have drawn links between young people's heavy use of social media (defined as spending more than two hours a day on it) and poor mental health, suggesting they were more likely to report psychological distress including anxiety and depression.

"It can bring feelings of sadness and then if one really develops this disorder, that sadness clearly progresses to something that can be unsafe and alarming", Vashi added. Those with BDD often go to great lengths to hide their imperfections, engage in repetitive behaviors like skin picking or grooming, and may visit dermatologists or plastic surgeons frequently, hoping to change their appearance.

Users are also shielded from other potentially anxiety-inducing measurements including how many friends they or others have on the platform, or how many people view each other's Stories, they concluded. "I'm just one small person in a big world, I can't change everything, but I can make people aware and recognize and know that it's not the real world".

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