Snapchat dysmorphia and the false face of technology

Aug 08, 2018, 7:30 AM EDT
(Source: Stock Catalog/flickr)
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Plastic surgeons are observing a dangerous trend, which they name as “Snapchat dysmorphia.” A growing number of people and especially teens are calling on cosmetic surgeons seeking surgeries that turn them into the edited version of themselves to mimic how they look with Snapchat filters on.

These patients set on a wild chase for unattainable looks, fantasizing a transformation into the digital variant of self, something which can adversely affect their self-esteem besides triggering body dysmorphic disorder, writes The Washington Post.

As technology in the form of apps like Snapchat and Facetune hands over the power to the common people to smoothen their skin in selfies, enlarge their eyes, get rid of facial blemishes and suchlike, the perception of beauty is changing and so do the ambitions to pursue that elusive flawless self, notes JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.