LAST_UPDATESun, 24 Jun 2018 3pm

People Now Want Surgery To Look Like Their Social Media Filters

Kim Kardashian, Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lopez and Kylie Jenner – you name the celebrity, plastic surgery can make you look like them – though oftentimes not really accurate.

While it becomes a norm in the world we live in today to hear stories of wannabes inspired to look like their idols, the digital age has made us move away from what we see on the TV screens and over to the social media sphere.

Snapchat and Instagram have really taken over our minds these days, and now our bodies too, that perhaps it’s not surprising that a new reports suggests, “People are increasingly going to see cosmetic doctors asking to look like filtered versions of themselves rather than celebrities.”

And this statement was quoted from a leading cosmetic doctor, as reported by Independent.

That’s right, people now want to look like a filtered version of themselves - Amaro, Juno, Rise and the likes of lenses that make our skins smoother and hides our flaws, and bigger eyes and fuller lips. In short we want to look radiant all the time, minus the flower crown or animal features.

According to the doctor, Dr Esho, cosmetic doctor at The Esho Clinic and star of E4's Body Fixers, he calls this phenomenon “Snapchat dysmorphia.”

“Previously patients would come into clinics with pictures of celebrities or models they admired and wanted to look like.

“But with the introduction of social platforms and filters over the last five years, more and more patients come into clinics with filtered versions of themselves as the goal they want to achieve,” he revealed.

Dr Esho however explained that the consultation process in place in his clinic is stringent, and therefore they would assess the patient’s suitability for a treatment.

In case of one client named Natalie (pseudonym) who was happy to look like the filtered version of herself because she said she “looked good” that way, Dr Esho highlights that he did not agree to her procedure and instead sent her for counselling.

“This is important as many can act on impulse. During the consultation it’s key to look for red flags which may indicate any underlying sign body dysmorphia where the patient’s view of themselves and the expected outcome of their treatment is completely unrealistic.

“Cases like Natalie should trigger warning signs for any ethical practitioner. Treating someone like this will start them on a journey where they will never be happy and psychological support is needed,” he reminded.

Though the doctor attributed such factors to many who “are born into an age of social platforms where their feelings of self-worth can be based purely on the number of likes and followers that they have, which is linked to how good they look or how great these images are.”

He adds, what we see daily on social platforms, “make us more critical of ourselves”, and it is scenario that is not just common among women, but the men too.

While the rise of social media is to be blamed for people feeling less confident of themselves that it leads to them doing many silly things to mask their insecurities, ultimately, we have to remind ourselves that our self-worth is more than a virtual image and we don’t have to seek anyone’s validation through the pictures we post.

When it comes to real life, let's just stick with #NoFilter!