Tis the season: Snapchat dysmorphia

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Friday, November 30, 2018

Filters and image editing that are standard on many of today’s smartphones and other devices are affecting people’s perceptions of beauty, according to a viewpoint published this year in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

While photo editing to make people appear more perfect was once reserved for models and actors, today apps like Snapchat put that option at everyone’s fingertips. But what’s disguised as fun, the distortion that results — whether it involves creating cartoon-like eyes, puppy ears or simply eliminating wrinkles or other imperfections — has a dangerous side.
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