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People get surgery to look like Snapchat filters






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Cosmetic surgeons are reporting a disturbing increase in patients having facial procedures to look like their Snapchat selfies. Surgeons called this worrying new trend "Snapchat dysmorphia". There is a mental disorder called body dysmorphic disorder - where the sufferer is obsessed with the idea that part of their body is flawed and in need of big measures to fix it. The surgeons wrote about the condition in a journal. Most plastic surgeons reported an increase in the number of patients wanting to change their face to look like they do after using Snapchat filters.

Social media apps have filters to let people make photos of their face look "cuter". Doctors say this is making younger people, especially teenage girls and women, obsessed with the "perfect" face. Doctors say many of the requests are impossible to do surgically. They wrote: "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." They added this badly affects self-esteem. The most common surgery people want include thinner noses, wider eyes and fuller lips.

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