One of the social media giants, Snapchat, became extremely popular for the fun face filters that it had introduced, allowing the user to manipulate and transform the facial filters.
Many surgeons are of the belief that these face filters and editing tools are responsible for a new plastic surgery trend which they have titled Snapchat Dysmorphia.
As reported by The Sun, Dr. Matthew Schulman, a board-certified plastic surgeon based in New York, revealed how many of his clients and patients are bringing in photographs of celebrities sporting the Snapchat filters and are asking to get their digitally enhanced and new features for real.
Schulman further stated, "Everybody basically is using a filter on their own and they’re either taking that next step to bring it to me saying, ‘Hey, this is what I want to look like. Not everyone is going that far, but in their head, that’s what they want to look like and then they’re coming to me and saying I want smoother skin, I want my eyes to be opened, I want my lips to be fuller. You kind of have those two groups of people."
A professor of psychology at Northwestern University told The Sun, "There’s an issue with losing perspective on what you actually look like, and it’s not something we talk about much. It’s not enough [to] have to compare yourself to these perfected images of models, but now you’ve got this daily comparison of your real self to this intentional or unintentional fake self that you present on social media."
She continued, "It’s a real bind we put women in when we give them this non-stop pressure to conform to this particular beauty ideal and then try to shame them when they feel that pressure and they do something about it. I don’t think that’s the key here. I think what we want to be moving toward is more real representations of ourselves and I think that’s becoming harder and harder."
Recently, the belly button shaping trend has been taking over the internet and people have been requesting for seriously strange transformations.
This comes right after a tweet by Kylie Jenner, which said that she no longer uses Snapchat much, and which led to the social media giant allegedly losing an estimated $1.7 billion dollars.
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