The newest trend in the plastic surgery world is too look more like yourself, just heavily edited. Instead of bringing pictures of celebrities to plastic surgeons, patients have been bringing their filtered selfies as reference.
The phenomenon is known as " Snapchat dysmorphia," and it's causing major concern among experts who are worried about its negative effect on people's self-esteem and its potential to trigger body dysmorphic disorder, a mental illness. Body dysmorphia causes people to be extremely preoccupied with a perceived flaw in appearance that to others can't be seen or appears minor.
According to the annual American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery survey, selfies are a major driving force behind people who want plastic surgery done. In 2017, the survey found that 55 percent of surgeons reported having patients who requested surgery to look better in selfies.
The term "Snapchat dysmorphia" was just developed this year by British cosmetic doctor Tijion Esho.
"Today's generation can't escape 'the Truman effect' because from birth they are born into an age of social platforms where their feelings of self-worth can be based purely on the number of likes and followers that they have, which is linked to how good they look or how great these images are," Esho said.
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