Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Plastic surgeons say more patients coming in with 'Snapchat dysmorphia'

Plastic surgeons say more patients coming in with 'Snapchat dysmorphia'

Everyone appear to look pretty on Snapchat these days, thanks to the vast array of photo filters as well as editing options available on the app which allows people to change real life appearance in just a few seconds. "That's not realistic. I can't do that". Doctors have coined a new term, "Snapchat dysmorphia", to describe the psychology of patients who seek cosmetic surgery procedures to look more like the filtered versions of themselves. "I can make people a lot better, but it will take me a lot more time than a week and it won't be 100 percent". "Instead of seeing them for what they are, which is extraordinarily rare, we start to see them as typical or average".

She continued, "When you are beauty sick, you can not engage with the world, because between you and the world is a mirror. You can't seem to put it down". A 2017 survey from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery sound that 55 percent of surgeons report seeing patients who mention selfies as a reason for requesting surgery, compared to 42 percent in 2015.

How does Snapchat dysmorphia impact teens and young adults?

Vashi said that the prevalence of social media is causing society to become "more and more preoccupied, obsessed with ... what we look like".

Ten years ago, a teenager might have come into a plastic surgery clinic clutching a photo of their favorite celebrity, professionally Photoshopped to centerfold-level perfection.

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"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.

This can include engaging in repetitive behaviour like skin picking, visiting dermatologists or plastic surgeons, hoping to change their appearance.

Users are also shielded from other potentially anxiety-inducing measurements including how many friends they or others have on the platform, or how many people view each other's Stories, they concluded.

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