How do selfies affect nose surgeries?

On the left is the selfie-enlarged nose and on the right – the regular one

On the left is the selfie-enlarged nose and on the right – the regular one


You might've already experienced the following situation – you've just taken a selfie, probably your best one in a while. You open the gallery to see your glorious face in full-scale, before posting it to the social media. But then it hits you – your awesomeness it is, of course, but also that big, XXL-sized nose. Calm down though, as your nose is absolutely fine and gorgeous. The problem comes from the front-facing camera.

A study shows, that when we take a selfie, the wider lens of the camera and the distance combined may increase our nose size significantly – up to 30%, considering the selfie is taken from the avergae 12-inch mark (30 cm.). The study, conveniently named "Nasal Distortion in Short-Distance Photographs: The Selfie Effect", explains in detail how exactly the mentioned factors enlarge your nose, even including a schematic of the process.

And from here on it should be pretty obvious how rhinoplasty (a surgical intervention focused on the nose) ties into the situation – users, who've experienced the nasal distortion effect have contributed to an increased amount of nose jobs. Don't do it – your nose is as normal as a nose can be, and what you've taken using the front camera doesn't mean absolutely anything for your looks. "Young adults are constantly taking selfies to post to social media and think those images are representative of how they really look, which can have an impact on their emotional state [...] I want them to realize that when they take a selfie they are in essence looking into a portable funhouse mirror", said Boris Paskhover, one of the study's co-authors, who also happens to be a neck and head surgeon.

You may not think this is a big deal, but data tells otherwise: 55% of facial plastic surgeries in 2017 occurred, because patients wanted "to look better in selfies". This percentage was 42 in 2016, which is even more evidence for the bad trend.

source: Jama Network, via CNet

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11 Comments

1. raerae

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

We live in a sick trend where people will go under the knives to enhance their appearance. We should be grateful with ourselves so that positivity will come into the mind, not for the selfies.

3. libra89

Posts: 2161; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

but going under the knife to enhance appearance is not new.

9. DronGupta

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

It is insanely stupid to know that people undergo these surgeries just to please other people. One should feel confidence with one’s looks and live happily with his/her natural looks. In the end it doesn’t care what people will think of you.

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3088; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

People should appreciate what they have and worry less about trivial things.

4. libra89

Posts: 2161; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's not really trivial when studies have shown that the people who are considered to be more attractive are more likely to be successful. Attractive people are also considered more trustworthy, which has been shown in a study. It's far from trivial. Looks can be a social currency.

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3088; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

This is only considerd in the first world who worry about looks and superficial matters. Life is a lot more than looks.

11. white_Shadoww

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 15, 2018

Well.. May I ask you something, can you please search for 'world's biggest movie star'? Apparently, his name is Shah Rukh Khan, an actor from my country, also the second richest actor in the world. He is attractive and successful yet has a very big nose. Apparently, your work, nature and personality decides the attractiveness and success.

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3077; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah, because he's rich because his big nose, and everyone with big nose is always rich and successful person.. /s

5. libra89

Posts: 2161; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I never realized this is possible with the nose in selfies. That's kind of trippy. I get why people would do it but that's not for me. I can't imagine being able to take back your nose if you regret it.

6. Metropolis75

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

It takes a selfie to realize you don't like your nose? Do people not look in the mirror anymore?

7. Boybawang

Posts: 204; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

IMO the appearance on the Left looks better than the one on the Right.

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