Is social media body image prompting teens to have plastic surgery?
NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - Obsessions with social media—what could go wrong? JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association has printed a piece calling out Snapchat and a condition coined "Snapchat dysmorphia."
Dr. Leah Lagos, a clinical psychologist, explained that body dysmorphia is an unhealthy preoccupation with one's perceived physical flaws.
Plastic surgeons say they have seen an uptick in teenage patients, mostly girls, asking for surgery to make them look like filtered Snapchat images of themselves with larger, rounder eyes or altered noses.
While plenty of teens are using social media apps like Snapchat without it crossing into obsession, the JAMA piece cites 1 in 50 afflicted with a disorder.
Dr. Lagos said that photo filters are seen so much that they are starting to look like the norm.
Experts said teenagers going in this direction are missing one crucial point: That beauty comes down to the individual and not a photo from a magazine that was edited or the features some app gives you.
Dr. Lagos said we need to teach children to really embrace uniqueness.