What is Snapchat dysmorphism and how can it lead to more plastic surgery?



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Model Lindsey Pelas (left) and HardNox rapper Danny Boy take a selfie at the Sapphire Pool & amp; Day club. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg / Getty Images)

Do you feel too good in your appearance? You think you are really too hot? Worried that your sexuality and your confidence will intimidate you far too many people? Do not spend enough time obsessed with your appearance? Well, there are always platforms for sharing photos, Snapchat, Instagram or others that will help you to estimate your self-esteem.

In fact, doctors are concerned that the spread of photo editing technology and photo sharing will actually hinder your vision. There is even a new unofficial term, Snapchat dysmorphism, to describe what can happen. The term is a riff on bdysmorphic disorder ody (BDD),& nbsp; a mental health problem in which you have a very distorted view of your appearance. You obsessively focus on what you perceive as flaws in your appearance and exhibit compulsive behaviors such as & nbsp;excessively& nbsp; look at yourself in the mirror, groom yourself, ask other people about your appearance and even have unnecessary plastic surgery. The Snapchat dysmorphic is essentially a form of BDD triggered by seeing too many unrealistic images on social media. Of course, the problem is not specific to Snapchat. One could also invent the terms "Instagram Ick" or "You can not stand my face & nbsp; On Facebook." & Nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

Nowadays, there is a plethora of photo editing and sharing applications to choose from on your smartphone. & Nbsp; (Illustration from Chesnot / Getty Images photo)

As Susruthi Rajanala, Mayra B.C. Maymone, MD, DSc, and Neelam A. Vashi, MD, of Boston University, have recently explained this in a & nbsp;JAMA facial and plastic surgery& nbsp; opinion article& nbsp;Previously, only models and actors could regularly see their face and body altered by the technology of photo editing. & nbsp;Not anymore. With the flow of such photo editing apps and filters & nbsp; and photo sharing platforms, nYou and virtually everyone else can be like a celebrity, less celebrity and money. Thus, you can now choose from many other people to make you feel bad about your appearance.

This can have real and serious consequences. I already wrote for Forbes about how digitally altered photos can lead to more eating disorders and emotional problems. Plus, as the article's opinion suggests, improving the appearance in selfies seems to be a growing reason why people are asking for plastic surgery. The availability of filters and other digital publishers allows more people to edit their own selfies and then show dermatologists and plastic surgeons what they are looking for. "want" to look like. Of course, there is a big difference between editing one's selfie on a smartphone and editing oneself with a knife and chemicals.

As Jimmy Kimmel describes it here, people probably want to look like unblemished selfies, without altering the complexion or by modifying the features of the face rather than with the ears, the tongue and the dog's nose:

What can be done to solve this growing problem? When it comes to photo editing, the cat is already out of the bag and is also being painted on people's faces. (No, your friends probably do not have ears or cat noses.) The company will never come back to a time when only analog photographs existed. Digital technologies will be increasingly advanced to the point where reality will be more and more difficult to discern.

So the solution will be in people and not photos or technology. Our society has become too obsessed with appearance and arbitrarily chosen standards. If you are like many others, you may choose who you work with, who you relate to, who you go out on a date, and even who you listen to based simply on a superficial appearance. But unless you make face masks, it's likely that you give too much importance to the wrong things.

Instead, try to focus on and develop real talents, abilities, and skills. To my knowledge, Snapchat and Instagram still do not have filters that can add thinking, insight, compassion and personality to people. As a general rule, if you can easily change something on Snapchat or Instagram, it probably was not worth it in the first place.

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Model Lindsey Pelas (left) and HardNox rapper Danny Boy take a selfie at Sapphire Pool & Day Club. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg / Getty Images)

Do you feel too good in your appearance? You think you are really too hot? Worried that your sexuality and your confidence will intimidate you far too many people? Do not spend enough time obsessed with your appearance? Well, there are always platforms for sharing photos, Snapchat, Instagram or others that will help you to estimate your self-esteem.

In fact, doctors are concerned that the spread of photo editing technology and photo sharing will actually hinder your vision. There is even a new unofficial term, Snapchat dysmorphism, to describe what can happen. The term is a riff on bdysmorphic disorder ody (BDD), a mental health problem where you have a very distorted view of your own appearance. You obsessively focus on what you perceive as flaws in your appearance and you exhibit compulsive behaviors such as excessively look at yourself in the mirror, groom yourself, ask other people about your appearance and even have unnecessary plastic surgery. The Snapchat dysmorphic is essentially a form of BDD triggered by seeing too many unrealistic images on social media. Of course, the problem is not specific to Snapchat. We could also use the terms "Instagram Ick" or "I can not support my face on Facebook".

Nowadays, there is a plethora of photo editing and sharing applications to choose from on your smartphone. (Illustration of the photo by Chesnot / Getty Images)

As Susruthi Rajanala explained, Mayra B. Maymone C., MD, DSc, and Neelam A. Vashi, MD of Boston University JAMA facial and plastic surgery opinion article, Previously, only models and actors could regularly be changed the face and body by the technology of photo editing. Not anymore. With the flow of applications and filters for editing photos and photo-sharing platforms, nYou and virtually everyone else can be like a celebrity, less celebrity and money. Thus, you can now choose from many other people to make you feel bad about your appearance.

This can have real and serious consequences. I already wrote for Forbes about how digitally altered photos can lead to more eating disorders and emotional problems. Plus, as the article's opinion suggests, improving the appearance in selfies seems to be a growing reason why people are asking for plastic surgery. The availability of filters and other digital editors allows more people to edit their own selfies and then show dermatologists and plastic surgeons what they "want" to look like. Of course, there is a big difference between editing one's selfie on a smartphone and editing oneself with a knife and chemicals.

As Jimmy Kimmel describes it here, people probably want to look like unblemished selfies, without altering the complexion or by modifying the features of the face rather than with the ears, the tongue and the dog's nose:

What can be done to solve this growing problem? When it comes to photo editing, the cat is already out of the bag and is also being painted on people's faces. (No, your friends probably do not have ears or cat noses.) The company will never come back to a time when only analog photographs existed. Digital technologies will be increasingly advanced to the point where reality will be more and more difficult to discern.

So the solution will be in people and not photos or technology. Our society has become too obsessed with appearance and arbitrarily chosen standards. If you are like many others, you may choose who you work with, who you go with, who you go out with, and even who you listen to, based simply on a superficial appearance. But unless you make face masks, it's likely that you give too much importance to the wrong things.

Instead, try to focus on and develop real talents, abilities, and skills. To my knowledge, Snapchat and Instagram still do not have filters that can add thinking, insight, compassion and personality to people. As a general rule, if you can easily change something on Snapchat or Instagram, it probably was not worth it in the first place.