Filtered Photos Causing Surge in Surgery

Filtered Photos Causing Surge in Surgery

More and more people are heading to cosmetic surgeons with their filtered selfies asking for procedures to make them look more like their edited image, according to a recently published article in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The article, written by researchers at the Boston Medical Center, outlines how photo filters for cell phone social media apps have created a negative trend they have labeled "Snapchat dysmorphia." The researchers also claim that the condition is negatively impacting many individuals' self-esteem.

Snapchat has built-in filters designed to modify users' images. These filters can make the user look different by changing skin texture and tone, elongating eyelashes, changing eye shape and even making the bone structure of the face appear more angular.

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Snapping a Selfie May Spur Faster Recovery From Cosmetic Surgery

Snapping a Selfie May Spur Faster Recovery From Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic and plastic surgery patients see better and faster recovery because of selfies, according to new research published by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

How Selfies Help
Ninety-six percent of study participants recovered faster than their peers after snapping and sending selfies to their surgeons in the days immediately following their procedures.

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