07 August 2018
TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Photo-editing tools that make people look more perfect online than in real life may be a health threat, medical experts warn. The tidal wave of altered photos on social media is changing perceptions of beauty. And that can trigger a preoccupation with appearance that leads to risky efforts to hide perceived flaws, researchers suggest. Those efforts include behaviors like skin altering and even plastic surgery. This condition — called body dysmorphic disorder — affects about 2 percent of people, research shows. Studies have found that teen girls who alter their social media photos tend to be more concerned with their body appearance, and those with dysmorphic body image use social media for validation, according to the authors of a report published Aug. 2 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. Other studies have found that 55 percent of plastic surgeons have seen patients who want to look better in selfies. “A new phenomenon called ‘Snapchat dysmorphia’ has popped up, where patients are seeking out surgery to help them appear like the filtered versions of themselves,” said the new report’s co-author, Dr. Neelam Vashi. She’s director of the Ethnic Skin Center at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. The authors of the report warn that surgery may worsen, not improve, body dysmorphic disorder in such patients. Mental health treatment is a better remedy, they advised. “Filtered selfies can make people lose touch with reality, creating the expectation that we are supposed to look perfectly primped all the time,” Vashi said in a medical center news release. “This can be especially harmful for teens and those with body dysmorphic disorder, and it is important for providers to understand the implications of social media on body image to better treat and counsel our patients,” she said. More information The U.S. Office on Women’s Health has more about body image.
01 March 2018
THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you think that selfie you just took makes your nose look big, you’re not alone. In fact, new research suggests that selfies might be giving Americans a distorted image of their own schnozzes — potentially leading to more requests for nose jobs. That could add up to a lot of nose jobs: In 2014 alone, over 93 billion selfies were taken on Android phones per day, the researchers noted. Because selfies are taken at close range, they can distort the appearance of a person’s nose, explained facial plastic and reconstructive surgery expert Dr. Boris Paskhover. He’s an assistant professor in the department of otolaryngology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. “Young adults are constantly taking selfies to post to social media and think those images are representative of how they really look, which can have an impact on their emotional state,” he explained in a Rutgers news release. “I want them to realize that when they take a selfie, they are in essence looking into a portable funhouse mirror,” Paskhover said. To help patients understand this, Paskhover and another researcher created a mathematical model that explains nose distortion in close-up photos. The model shows that an average selfie, taken about 12 inches from the face, makes the base of the nose appear about 30 percent wider and the tip of the nose about 7 percent wider than a photograph taken at the standard 5-foot portrait distance, which provides a more accurate image of the face. A research letter describing the mathematical model was published online March 1 in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 55 percent of its members said people came to them last year to ask about cosmetic surgery because they wanted to look better in selfies. More information The U.S. Office on Women’s Health has more about cosmetic surgery.