Snapped: Photo-editing apps are triggering body dysmorphia

Patients want to look like photoshopped versions of themselves, dermatologists say

People are increasingly seeking out surgery to look like photoshopped versions of themselves in a quest for unattainable selfie perfection dubbed ‘Snapchat dysmorphia’, US dermatologists say. 

Thanks to apps like Snapchat and Facetune, it has become the norm for people to whiten their teeth and make their eyes and lips look bigger, altering the perception of beauty worldwide, according to academics from the Boston University School of Medicine's department of dermatology.

“Now, it is not just celebrities propagating beauty standards, it is a classmate, a coworker or a friend,” they say in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

“The pervasiveness of these filtered images can take a toll on one’s self-esteem, make one feel inadequate for not looking a certain way in the real world and may even act as a trigger and lead to body dysmorphic disorder.”