Are You Becoming Victim of Snapchat Dysmorphia?

Patrick Byrne director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery told USA TODAY a week rarely goes by without one of his

"Filtered selfies can make people lose touch with reality, creating the expectation that we are supposed to look perfectly primped all the time", said Neelam Vashi, MD, director of the Ethnic Skin Center at BMC and Boston University School of Medicine and one of the paper authors, in a statement.

Plastic surgery numbers are already up in the USA, with new data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons showing continued growth in cosmetic procedures, and the selfie phenomenon will continue to fuel its growth.

Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental disorder affecting approximately 1.7% to 2.4% of the population.

These are all edits they see in the Snapchat versions of themselves. That's a fixation with an imagined or minor flaw in your appearance based on selfies or apps like Snapchat, Instagram, and Facetune.

Other studies have found that 55 percent of plastic surgeons have seen patients who want to look better in selfies.

Several years ago, high-end photo editing tools were used predominantly in the publishing business by professional technicians and the practice often came under fire for setting unattainable beauty standards by touching up - or, photoshopping - images of models and celebrities.

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Studies have found that teen girls who alter their social media photos tend to be more concerned with their body appearance, and those with dysmorphic body image use social media for validation, according to the authors of a report published August 2 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

"When you have body dysmorphic disorder, you intensely obsess over your appearance and body image, repeatedly checking the mirror, grooming or seeking reassurance, sometimes for many hours each day".

"The pervasiveness of these filtered images can take a toll on one's self-esteem, make one feel inadequate for not looking a certain way in the real world, and may even act as a trigger and lead to BDD", wrote Susruthi Rajanala, first author of the viewpoint.

Plastic surgeons are becoming increasingly concerned by teenagers who are seeking to achieve a "perfect" face, much like the one they can attain through airbrushed Snapchat filters.

An anonymous patient of Dr. Escho's told the British newspaper, "I never was happy with taking photos but using filters made me feel like I looked good".

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