Teens turn to cosmetic surgery to mimic Snapchat filters

31 August 2018

Face photoAs an international cosmetic surgeon with many years experience, I have encountered patients requesting procedures with the hopeful purpose of being able to recreate or mimic a particular body or facial part of a celebrity many times. The most famous requests would be things such as women wanting lip fillers to plump up their lips to match those of Angeline Jolie, or men wanting to recreate David Beckham's nose or jawline.

These days, the younger generation, with teens in particular, appear to want something different. A decade or two ago, looking like your favourite celebrity was the ultimate goal for many, with people neglecting to focus on their own unique beauty to make them the best version of themselves. Today, it's shocking to see the number of teens who are wanting to permanently recreate how they look with applied social media filters that are provided through platforms such as Snapchat.

Perception of beauty is changing globally

Youngsters and social media combined are changing the perception of beauty across the world. A little adjustment with these filters or editing tools make it easy for people to take a photo with their mobile device and smoothen out skin, remove blemishes, whiten teeth and plump up their lips. These filters have become incredibly popular with the majority of the younger population, and are now very much the norm.

To begin with it may have been seen as harmless fun, but it's definitely beginning to become quite an issue due to the influence it can hold on people and their perception of both beauty in general as well as themselves. For example, body dysmorphia has become very prominent, with a recently coined term, 'Snapchat dysmorphia', proving to be an offshoot of this same condition. Youngsters were once critical of a large nose or prominent ears, and this can be sympathised with if their appearance is significantly impacted physically. But today, these youngsters are often hypercritical of small blemishes and natural lines, mainly due to Snapchat proving how simple it is to filter away and mask these minor imperfections.

Growing number of young patients hope to “look better in selfies”

The vast majority of cosmetic surgeons are hesitant to perform these sort of procedures on developing youngsters, but figures released by the American Medical Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery (AAFPRS) revealed that 55% of practitioners had consulted with patients who requested to “look better in their selfies” during 2017. This illustrated a 13% increase compared to the previous year.

Cosmetic procedures like a nose job used to be very popular and a common request, with asymmetrical or large features being corrected to be more subtle and symmetrical. While these are indeed still popular among those who are unhappy with certain features, the figures are being challenged by those who instead want to know what it would take to look more like their appearance in Snapchat's butterfly or flower crown filter, with achieving smoother, clearer skin and beaming smiles proving to be a popular way of trying to create an idealised version of themselves.

Are you looking to undergo cosmetic surgery to make the very best of your own unique beauty? If so, I make regular working trips to Dubai where I perform a wide range of cosmetic procedures including facelift, necklift, eyelift and more. Don't hesitate to get in touch with me today by completing the simple online contact form, and from there we can arrange to discuss your expectations and answer any of your questions.

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