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Las Vegas doctor says young people are suffering from Snapchat Dysmorphia, seeking plastic surgery

Posted: 6:42 PM, Aug 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-08 16:14:53Z

A Las Vegas doctor says plastic surgery is on the rise nationwide as more young people are suffering from a new disorder called "Snapchat Dysmorphia."

According to an article published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, doctors are seeing more patients request a thinner nose, fuller lips and eyelid surgery.

Dr. Daliah Wachs said those who suffer from this disorder feel that their face or body is flawed, solely based on what they see on social media.

Apps like Snapchat and Instagram allow users to manipulate their photos using filters that can do things like enhance lighting or even slim your face or body. 

Wachs said this is concerning because social media users can lose touch with reality, feeling that the filtered selfies are how someone should look all the time and think surgery is the answer.

According to Wachs, the most common minimally invasive cosmetic procedures reported were:

  • Botulinum Toxin Type A  (7.23 million procedures)
  • Soft Tissue Fillers  (2.69 million procedures)
  • Chemical Peel  (1.37 million procedures)
  • Laser Hair Removal  (1.1 million procedures)
  • Microdermabrasion  (740,287 procedures)

“The American Association of Plastic Surgery has seen a huge jump in people requesting both invasive and minimally-invasive plastic surgery," Wachs said. “The plastic surgeon may not even be able to comply and, so are you going to be upset before the surgery and after the surgery.”

Snapchat Dysmorphia isn't the first disorder of its kind. Last year Selfitis, the obsession with selfies, was recognized as a genuine mental disorder.