The pursuit of perfection or at least, the perfect selfie. Filters and smartphone apps allow anyone to alter how they look on social media. But, more people are turning to plastic surgery for a permanent filter.
With perfected portraits becoming the norm on social media, it doesn’t just create unrealistic beauty standards. Experts say it’s pushing more young people, especially young women, to undergo procedures so they can look like their edited selfies in real life.
Researchers at Boston University call it “Snapchat dysmorphia.” A study published earlier this year found a significant increase in patients seeking fuller lips, bigger eyes, and thinner noses, similar to how filters like the Snapchat “pretty filter” alter your face.
The authors argue these apps can make one “lose touch with reality because we expect to look perfectly primped and filtered in real life.”