55% plastic surgery patients want to look better in selfies, study finds

Mar 2, 2018

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55% plastic surgery patients want to look better in selfies, study finds

Mar 2, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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The selfie has been a subject of many studies, and it’s often connected with a negative outcome. A recent paper shows another disturbing trend: people don’t like how they look in selfies, which makes them turn to plastic surgery.

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (AAFPRS) has revealed in a recent poll the increasing trend of having nose jobs for the sake of better selfies. In 2017, plastic surgeons reported that 55% of their patients wanted surgeries to help them look better in selfies. For comparison, the number of such patients was 13% in 2016.

Another recent paper, published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, shows the same trend. Most of the patients demanded nose jobs, because their noses “looked too big in their selfies.” Boris Paskhover, a facial plastic surgeon at Rutgers University is one of the co-authors of the paper. He “recognized what was going on with the nose job requests,” as he told Vox.

I’d say, ‘Your nose doesn’t look big — there’s distortion when you keep a camera close to your face.

I believe all photographers are aware of the distortion which occurs when you hold the camera too close to the face. According to the researchers, selfies make your nose look “about 30 percent larger.” We know how focal length impacts a portrait, but it appears that many people aren’t aware of it. Consequently, it makes them hate how they look in selfies and they want to change their appearance. Perhaps they are aware of the fact that photos of faces perform well on Instagram, so they want to make the best out of it.

Joke aside, I find the large increase in nose jobs for the sake of selfies a bit worrying. Selfies can have a great impact of how people see themselves, and judging from this study, they don’t really have a positive impact on self-esteem. After all, it wasn’t so long ago that selfitis was proclaimed a mental disorder.

When it comes to plastic surgery, I have nothing against it or people who do it. To each their own. But before you go undergo this painful procedure, think – maybe you should take a look in the mirror instead taking a selfie up close.  It will give you a more realistic and much nicer picture of yourself.

[via Vox]

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8 responses to “55% plastic surgery patients want to look better in selfies, study finds”

  1. Viggo Næss Avatar
    Viggo Næss

    LOL, if you want to look “normal” when shot with a wide angle, you’ll prrrretty crazy IRL?

  2. Elena Dobre Avatar
    Elena Dobre

    You can literally edit selfies and give yourself a new nose if it’s bothering you that much “in selfies” or take pictures in just your good angles and amazing lightning.
    People who have a nose job just for aesthetic reasons want to have a nice looking nose at all times and especially in real 3D life where you can’t “hide” it.
    I would say this is a bunch o bollocks.

  3. Elena Dobre Avatar
    Elena Dobre

    But are there youngsters out there obsessing over how they look when there is nothing unusual or ugly about their faces? Sure. I don’t think they do it “to look better in selfies”, I think it’s the other way round. People take a lot of pictures of their faces and they start obsessing over them because of that, especially if they don’t understand how cameras work.
    It’s like when you see yourself under a fluorescent light in a dimly lit public bathroom and you wonder if you always look like that to other people xD

  4. Bogdan Dobre Avatar
    Bogdan Dobre

    Sheesh girl, you went full Freud on their ass. It was meant as a joke xD

  5. Darren Jenks Avatar
    Darren Jenks

    Get the fuck over yourselves! There’s far more important things in life than how good you look in a selfie. Jesus I wanna weep for this generation but I know it would be a waste of emotions. ?

  6. JT Hutchins Avatar
    JT Hutchins

    Selftits?

  7. Alexander L. Harris Avatar
    Alexander L. Harris

    Well, considering they want to look “better” in general, that stands to reason?

  8. Matthias Avatar
    Matthias

    In a few years computational photography will have sorted out the issue. Give it a couple of decades people will have aesthetic surgery to recreate that unique look people had on these vintage selfies…