Plastic surgeons are helping people look like their Snapchat selfies

02 May 2018 - 14:22 By Lebohang Nthongoa
In a trend dubbed 'Snapchat Dysmorphia' people are turning to plastic surgery to try and look like they do in filtered selfies.
In a trend dubbed 'Snapchat Dysmorphia' people are turning to plastic surgery to try and look like they do in filtered selfies.
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Whether it's contouring your cheekbones or crowning yourself with a gorgeous floral wreath, social media filters are a fun way to play up your looks in photos or videos. 

That said, more and more people are wanting to replicate the effects of these filters in real life — and are willing to go under the knife in order to do so. 

The Huffington Post reports that a growing number of people seeking to augment their faces are showing plastic surgeons filtered selfies to illustrate the look they're going for. It's a phenomenon that's been dubbed "Snapchat Dysmorphia". 

The most popular of these filters is the effect that blurs out skin imperfections.

According to the BBC, a 26-year-old woman from San Diego, California has had fillers injected into her face to replicate the effects of Snapchat's flower crown filter which, she says, include a straighter nose and more contoured cheeks.

“People don’t realise that I’ve had anything done; they just think I lost weight or something,” she explained.

In the past, people would bring pictures of celebrities into doctor's offices to show off the features they wanted to copy, but this trend is on the decline as a result of Snapchat Dysmorphia. 


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