Snapchat surgery: worrying trend of patients who want to look ‘filtered’ seen by doctors



Snapchat surgery: Increase of patients who want to look ‘filtered’

Edited selfies have become the new standard of beauty. A report published in JAMA found patients ask plastic surgeons to make them look more like the retouched photos that they post on Snapchat or Instagram, a trend that they call “Snapchat dysmorphia.”

Plastic surgeons are reporting a worrying trend of patients who want to look like retouched, filtered versions of themselves that they post on Snapchat and Instagram

Boston medical researchers author of an article that calls the trend “Snapchat dysmorphia,” with the argument that the filters in the popular photo-sharing apps are wreaking havoc on our self-esteem.

Snapchat, which has a younger user base, is provided with a wide range of filters that ensures that a person’s skin looks smoother, their eyelashes longer or their face more angular.


The report in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery claims that these filters can sometimes lead to body dysmorphic disorder, is a mental illness that can lead to compulsive tendencies and unnecessary beauty procedures, among other negative outcomes.

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In contrast to the use of Photoshop that is often used for fashion photography in magazines, the filters on Snapchat to offer a fully-universe standards of the attractiveness of the presentation of “an unattainable look” and “blur the line of reality and imagination, for these patients,” the report says.

The report also notes that more than half of plastic surgeons say patients want the procedures so that they can look better in selfies.

The sprayed, idealized versions of women and men in glossy magazines have long been cited by experts as triggers for an increase in eating disorders and body dysmorphia.

Now, tens of millions of people have apps such as Line Camera and Facetune to make myself look different—thinner and blemish-free during the placement of the photos as if they are upfront and regularly.

The report notes that, earlier, nose jobs were the most common questions, but now people are requesting a procedure which have similar effects as selfie filters, such as the nose and face of the symmetry, rhinoplasties, hair transplants and eyelid surgical procedures.

According to the Guardian, this is the last in a group of recent studies which suggest that young people find it increasingly difficult to distinguish between real life and social media, and that is having a negative impact on their well-being.

A study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that people who are regular users of social media are twice as likely to feel lonely than light users.

Another study found that social media, particularly Instagram, deepend feelings of fear and powerlessness for 15-to 24-year-olds.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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