You’ve heard of body dysmorphia, but now in 2018, we have to contend with “Snapchat dysmorphia.” We all know that Snapchat filters blur, blend, and distort our faces. They can make us look like little dogs or erase years of sun damage. However, many individuals are now turning to their doctors and asking for the Snapchat filter special.
Three dermatologists recently released a paper in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery Viewpoint in which they describe this new condition that many are calling Snapchat dysmorphia.
“‘Snapchat dysmorphia’ has patients seeking out cosmetic surgery to look like filtered versions of themselves instead, with fuller lips, bigger eyes, or a thinner nose,” according to the dermatologists. “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.”
Much of their insight is based on a February 2018 article in the Independent that said more plastic surgeons are reporting that patients are using their filtered Snapchat selfies to show what work they want done.
“Previously, patients would come into clinics with pictures of celebrities or models they admired and wanted to look like,” plastic surgeon Dr. Esho told the publication. “But 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.”
Thanks to Snapchat, the most common surgeries requested now are nose jobs, hair transplants, and eyelid surgeries.
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