Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Beauty standards changing thanks to selfies and filters

Beauty standards changing thanks to selfies and filters

And that has left some people-notably plastic surgeons-speaking out against the trend.

Researchers from the Boston Medical Center (BMC) claim the filters popularised by Instagram and others can prompt users to "lose touch with reality". While most filters have unicorn horns or cat ears, these social platforms also have ones that "smooth skin, thin your face, and change your eye color". A person with BDD obsesses over what they believe are physical flaws, even if those flaws are invisible to others. It has affected around two per cent of the population.

Surgery is not the best course of action in these cases, because it will not improve, and may worsen underlying BDD.

"This can be especially harmful for teenagers and those with BDD, and it is important for providers to understand the implications of social media on body image to better treat and counsel our patients", Vashi said. They recommend psychological interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy and management of the disorder in an empathetic and non-judgmental way.

"These apps allow one to alter his or her appearance in an instant and conform to an unrealistic and often unattainable standard of beauty", the doctors note, also stating that such apps may place pressure on people to look in a certain way and may make people lose touch with reality because of the idea that people have to look flawless and filtered in reality as well.

Snapchat has been contacted for comment.

The term was coined by Dr Tijion Esho, a cosmetic doctor at The Esho Clinic UK and star of E4's Body Fixers, who said he has had patients who wanted surgery to look more like their filtered versions.

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Plastic surgeons are concerned because more and more people are getting plastic surgery to look like their favorite Snapchat filters.

People with BDD look at themselves in the mirror excessively.

Now, with the widespread use of photo editing and social media apps, people have started changing the way they see themselves.

Body dysmorphic disorder causes people with the condition to obsess over perceived flaws with their bodies, which may develop into repetitive behaviours including skin picking or brushing hair constantly.

Selfie queen Kim Kardashian has been criticised multiple times for uploading pictures of herself which appear to have been edited - usually given away by the warped appearance of a door frame or pavement curb where her body has been digitally manipulated to appear slimmer.

The survey also noted patients sharing details of the surgery on social media.

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