People Are Now Getting Plastic Surgery To Look Like Snapchat Filters

Plastic surgeons say more patients coming in with 'Snapchat dysmorphia'

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A 2017 survey from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery sound that 55 percent of surgeons report seeing patients who mention selfies as a reason for requesting surgery, compared to 42 percent in 2015. You are not alone.

Researchers at Boston University are now reporting a phenomenon they refer to as "Snapchat dysmorphia" and warn that apps that allow the user to "filter" or edit their appearance may be pushing more young people toward plastic surgery, Newsweek reports.

The definition is a specific version of body dysmorphia where the sufferer over-fixates on what they deem to be flaws in their appearance, which in turn has them wanting to make themselves look like they would as if photo filters, specifically Snapchat ones, in this case, had been applied to them.

Body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD, is classified by the NHS as an anxiety disorder characterised by a person worrying excessively about their appearance.

"This is an alarming trend because those filtered selfies often present an unattainable look and are blurring the line of reality and fantasy for these patients".

"Sometimes I have patients who say, "I want every single spot gone and I want it gone by this week or I want it gone tomorrow" because that's what this filtered photograph gave them", Vashi told The Post.

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With the spread of applications like Snapchat and Facetune, the level of physical "perfection" previously seen only on celebrity or beauty magazines is now all over social media, said researchers from Boston Medical Center in the US.

Before the rise in the popularity of selfies, the most common complaint from people seeking rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, was the hump of the dorsum of the nose.

However, the term "Snapchat dysmorphia" was just coined this year by British cosmetic doctor Tijion Esho.

"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.

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.

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