Over the years, publicans discovered how the Snapchat filters affect people and them getting plastic surgeries. They call this “Snapchat Dysmorphia” and it seems to be rapidly growing.
“It’s like a real-life filter for your face, Seriously. GLASS SKIN. If you want to tweak a photo a bit more to feel a bit more confident … or get a facial or botox filler to make you feel more confident … that’s up to the person and how they feel.” Says advocate Karla Barbosa. She had recently had a procedure called the gold microinfusion facial, which a bunch of tiny needles to reduce the size of pores. To make the skin look airbrushed in a way.
Barbosa’s plastic surgeon Dr. Lara Devgan had told CNN half of her patients now come into her practice with reference images of themselves that are either edited or filtered. Instead of asking for the nose or chin or a specific detail done; Patients are now bringing in edited photos of their own faces, Devgan said.
The term Snapchat Dysmophia is related to a mental health condition called body dysmorphic disorder (BBD) which is a mental illness that makes a person dwell and think nonstop about a specific thing or insecurity about themselves, whether its their weight, their side profile, or even like their nose or ears. They see it as a flaw and they want nothing else but for it to be gone. It can cause people to have bad days, not being able to concentrate, not sleep, and even in some cases, not eat.
“I strongly believe that we have to properly investigate the impact that apps and filters might be having on different groups who are more vulnerable of their appearances,” -Dr. Kamelshun
In my opinion, yes I believe that everyone has their flaws and insecurities. But don’t change them due to a Snapchat filter, its just not right mentally. And yes the filters are fun to play around with, but it is affecting the population with temptation of wanting to be like that. Which should be a point to stop all the filters that give you “Botox” appearances.