'Snapchat dysmorphia': Plastic surgeons say people are asking to look like filter

A plastic surgery center in Bakersfield said they are noticing an alarming new trend. Patients are coming in wanting to look like their filtered pictures. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Doctors have spotted a new trend that they are calling "Snapchat dysmorphia."

According to a recent article published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, people are increasingly bringing in their own selfies that have a filter on them or are edited, and are asking to look more like their photos.

Staff at Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Aesthetics said they have noticed the trend here in Kern County and it's concerning.

Medical Aesthetic Nurse, Lha Arnie Kamat said patients have been coming in with a filtered picture of themselves, asking for bigger lips, lifted eyebrows and cheeks and an overall filtered look.

"It is unhealthy," Kamat said. "At first, it's, 'I don't like this, and I don't like that,' then, over time it becomes an obsession. That's why it stems off of the body dysmorphic disorder."

Kamat said living in a filtered social media world is changing beauty standards and it's hurting people's self-esteem.

"Overtime you always filter, you always snap and you post, and negatively in your head you're just like why don't you look this why when you wake up," she said.

She's noticed mostly millennial women are picking up on the trend, but said men and women of all ages have come in with unrealistic beauty goals.

"You have to set boundaries, you have to set realistic expectations," she said.

In the age of social media, Kamat said it's always a good idea to take a break, put your phone down and live in the present.

"We want you to just sit down and look at yourself and say 'I am beautiful,' positive affirmations," she said. "When you feel good about yourself and you're confident you will just be radiant. Your confidence will be there."

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