Selfies Make Your Nose Look Bigger Says a New Report
According to a recent report, plastic surgeons in the U.S. have seen a rise in patients wanting surgery to improve their selfie game.
In a paper published in JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association) 42% of doctors reported they had patients who wanted plastic surgery in order to improve their selfies and pictures on social media.
The study calculated how facial features are distorted by how close and at what angle you hold your camera. Basically, the closer you hold the phone the bigger your nose will look. At only 12 inches away from your face the camera will make your nose seem 30% bigger.
The study also discovered that five feet was the optimal distance for a “portrait” because that’s the point at which all your features will appear in real-life scale.
As any good plastic surgeon will tell you, it’s important to have a realistic view of how you look now as well as reasonable expectations for your outcome.
In an interview with Reuters Health, Dr. Boris Paskhover of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School said: “[Patients] literally show me a selfie of themselves and complain about their noses. I have to explain that I understand they’re not happy but what they’re seeing is distorted.”
At SpaMedica, Dr. Mulholland uses 3D imaging technology to help Toronto patients forecast the results of their procedures. “You can come in, take a photo of your nose, and you’ll get walked through it step by step. Here’s the bridge coming down. Here’s the nose straightening. Here’s what the tip looks like. It’s sort of a try before you buy,” said Dr. Mulholland in a recent interview.
This is why it’s always best to consult a certified plastic surgeon rather than relying on the advice of friends or what you see on Instagram.