Cosmetic surgeons in the USA are reporting a increase in the of patients seeking and having procedures to look like their Snapchat selfies. The have termed this alarming new "Snapchat dysmorphia". This term derives from the body dysmorphic disorder - a mental disorder where the sufferer is obsessed with the that part of their body or appearance is severely flawed and in need of measures to fix it. The surgeons described the condition in the journal Facial Plastic Surgery. They wrote that 55 per cent of plastic surgeons reported an in the number of patients wanting to their face to look like they do after using Snapchat filters.
Snapchat and other social media provide filters to allow people to "enhance" photos of their face to look "cuter". The say this is fuelling an among younger people, especially teenage girls and women, with the "perfect" . Doctors say many of the requests are physically impossible to perform . They wrote: "This is an alarming trend because those filtered often present an unattainable look and are blurring the of reality and fantasy for these ." They added: "The pervasiveness of these filtered images can take a toll on one's self ." The most common procedures being requested include thinner noses, wider eyes and fuller .