Katie Couric Posts No-Makeup Selfie To Buck The Snapchat Dysmorphia Trend

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

Plastic surgeons are sounding the alarm on a disturbing trend that's emerged with the growing popularity of social media: patients seeking cosmetic surgery to resemble how they see themselves in Snapchat filters.

Just as celebrities and models in magazines have long set a standard for beauty, affecting those who wish to change how they look, Snapchat filters and features like Facetune - meant to smooth out your imperfections in every selfie - are doing the same.

Are you becoming victim of Snapchat dysmorphia?

The authors of the report warn that surgery may worsen, not improve, body dysmorphic disorder in such patients.

Previously, people brought in celebrity photos to use as templates for their cosmetic surgeries but now, they are using apps to preview how they would look.

"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". And that can trigger a preoccupation with appearance that leads to risky efforts to hide perceived flaws, researchers suggest.


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.

"The angle and close distance at which selfies are taken may distort facial dimensions and lead to dissatisfaction", they write. Requests for hair transplants and eyelid surgical procedures have also increased as people seek the flawless selfie.

This is an alarming trend because those filtered selfies often present an unattainable look and are blurring the line of reality and fantasy for these patients.

Surgeons have said that "Snapchat dysmorphia" is becoming a nationwide issue amongst teens, according to new research from the Boston University School of Medicine. "They check off one thing, and it's gone. It is important for clinicians to understand the implications of social media on body image and self-esteem to better treat and counsel their patients".

The report argues that "It can be argued that these apps are making us lose touch with reality because we expect to look perfectly primped and filtered in real life as well".

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