People Getting Plastic Surgery To Look Like Their Snapchat Filters, Says Report

'Snapchat dysmorphia' is real

A new viewpoint article revealed the unsafe effects of smartphone photo filters on mental health conditions such as body dysmorphic disorder and body image issues.

"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".

In a 2017 survey, The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that 55 percent of surgeons reported consulting with patients who desired to undergo expensive surgeries in order to achieve better selfie results.

"With the introduction of social platforms and filters over the last five years, more and more patients come into clinics with filtered versions of themselves as the goal they want to achieve", Dr. Esho, a cosmetic doctor at The Esho Clinic, told the Independent. High cheekbones, bigger eyes, a sharp, thin nose, and smooth skin.

Body dysmorphia affects up to 2.4 percent of the population, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and it's more than just not completely loving something about the way you look.

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Snapchat dysphoria is also leading people to seek out plastic surgery so that they look better in their selfies specifically.

People have done a lot of things in the quest for the flawless selfie, like angling their phone higher or finding the best light. Now, plastic surgeons say nasal and facial asymmetry is the more common concern. Requests for hair transplants and eyelid surgical procedures have also increased as people seek the flawless selfie.

"The pervasiveness of these filtered images can take a toll on one's self-esteem, make one feel inadequate for not looking a certain way in the real world, and may even act as a trigger and lead to BDD", wrote Susruthi Rajanala, first author of the viewpoint. They use Snapchat or Facetune to edit their selfies and make them feel prettier. "They check off one thing, and it's gone". The researchers at the Boston University recommend that the patients with this diagnosis get therapy and medication instead of plastic surgery. Experts need to manage these patients, the authors argue, "in an empathetic and non-judgmental way".

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) - Photo-editing tools that make people look more ideal online than in real life may be a health threat, medical experts warn.

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