"Snapchat Dysmorphia": When Patients Want To Look Like Doctored Selfies

Enlarge Image Snapchat fans use filters for fun but what happens when they want to look like their distorted selves in real life?                  Snap

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.

This horrifying development in the human psyche is called "Snapchat dysmorphia", and it's explained in a new journal article published by Boston University School of Medicine researchers.

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.

The doctors noted that many patients have requested to get their lips filled, get bigger eyes as well as thinner noses in order to look similar to their appearance in the Snapchat filters. "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", said Bostin University professor of dermatology Neelam Vashi. That can take a heavy toll on a person's self-esteem and trigger or worsen body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) in vulnerable individuals. "That's not realistic. I can't do that". It's a mirror that travels with you everywhere.

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Researchers have discovered that a lot of people are impacted by the social media and want to undergo plastic surgery.

"Our society is becoming more and more preoccupied, obsessed with social media and images and photographs and what we look like", Vashi said.

The whole situation is being dubbed "Snapchat dysmorphia" and the fact it has been given a name should perhaps highlight just how prevalent it is. 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 unsafe and alarming", she said.



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