Patients want to look like doctored selfies

Health & Fitness Snapchat filter plastic surgery is trending and we’re alarmed Think before you

Health & Fitness Snapchat filter plastic surgery is trending and we’re alarmed Think before you

"Now, everywhere you go people are taking selfies and then going on social media".

The thought behind their research is that by heavily editing our appearance online, social media users are feeling the need to be flawless and are losing touch with reality through the use of filters, which seemingly make everyone look ideal. You are not alone.

He said plastic surgeons are seeing fewer people bringing in pictures of celebrities to base their surgery from, and more people bringing in edited images of themselves made via Snapchat and similar apps. The doctors have now come up with a new phenomenon called 'Snapchat Dysmorphia' in order to describe the psychology of those patients who wish to change their look as per their filtered versions by undergoing cosmetic surgery procedures.

The Boston University researchers' article noted that it is often "unattainable" for humans to look like their filtered selfies, and that the apps are "blurring the line of reality and fantasy".

"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", she said. "That's not realistic. I can't do that".

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But obsessively tinkering with how we look on social media can have damaging effects.

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. The number was a 13 percent increase from the previous year, according to The Post.

"It can bring feelings of sadness and then if one really develops this disorder, that sadness clearly progresses to something that can be risky and alarming", Vashi added.

A 2007 study published in Primary Psychiatry found that about 80 percent of people suffering from body dysmorphic disorder "experience lifetime suicidal ideation and 24% to 28% have attempted suicide". This can involve engaging in repetitive behaviors such as skin picking, and visiting dermatologists or plastic surgeons hoping to change their appearance.

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