‘Snapchat Dysmorphia’ has people seek plastic surgery to enhance their appearance

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.

However, being obsessed with looking perfect at all times on social media can have negative repercussions. The doctors have now come up with a new phenomenon called ‘Snapchat Dysmorphia’ in order to describe the psychology of those patients who wish to change their look as per their filtered versions by undergoing cosmetic surgery procedures.

The doctors noted that many patients have requested to get their lips filled, get bigger eyes as well as thinner noses in order to look similar to their appearance in the Snapchat filters.

In the essay, published in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, the doctors from the Boston University School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology said that this is an alarming trend due to the fact that such filtered selfies often show an unattainable look to people and blur the line of fantasy and reality for such patients.

The researchers further wrote, “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 body dysmorphic disorder.”

Those people who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) obsess over their perceived flaws in their physical appearance and can also experience depression and anxiety.

Asper the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, around 1 in 50 people in the United States are affected by BDD. Help for those people suffering with BDD might include cognitive behavioural therapy that will teach them how to replace their negative thoughts with positive ones. The help can also include prescription medicines such as SSRIs that are used otherwise to treat anxiety disorders.

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