Selfies and self-perception

Many people, especially young women, have a more negative image of themselves than those around them. Experts call this phenomenon dysmorphobia. What does this have to do with selfies?

The image of one’s own body often has nothing to do with reality. Especially the social media like Instagram and Facebook aggravate the view of one’s own appearance. Does aesthetic medicine have solutions?

You know it from anorexics: One’s own reflection gets further and further away from the image that is shown to outsiders. Anorexics see fat where others perceive only skin and bones. But there are other facets of such Self-perception disorders, by specialists Dysmorphobia is called dysmorphic disorder. Often it is a matter of details, for example that the skin appearance is subjectively perceived as catastrophic, but objectively it is average. Likewise, distorted images of one’s own Nose, of the face, the Bust or the Legs frequent. The social media and selfies increase the pressure!

Through selfies more OP’s

The result: more and more people are going under the knife to look better on Instagram or Facebook. This is also confirmed by plastic surgeon Dr. Caroline Kim, in her lecture on the subject of anti-aging 3-D. Especially Nose surgery’s Are on the rise in the United States. American scientists have found out a reason for it: Noses have an effect on Selfies up to 30 percent larger.

In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung, plastic surgeon Dr. Jens Baetge, who performed the high art of nose surgeries mastered: “There is definitely a connection between the spread of photos and satisfaction with one’s own appearance. The pressure to conform to a uniform ideal of beauty has increased because of social media.” If someone suffers whenever they look in the mirror or see pictures of themselves, surgery could be the solution, he said.

Nose surgery for selfie

But not everyone who comes to Dr. Baetge in the Nuremberg clinic is also operated on. He attaches very great importance to a intensive consultation, which is mainly about explaining about the invasive procedure: the fracture, the opening of the nose and the healing process, which can take up to a year. This makes it clear that a Nose surgery is not child’s play Is. “Even if I myself think a patient’s nose is beautiful, I don’t recommend surgery,” says the plastic surgeon.

Often, however, people who suffer from dysmorphobia are also at the Psychotherapist are in good hands. They can treat the disease well, using mainly cognitive behavioral and Body image therapies. How many people are affected is a matter of definition: there are researchers who already see the reflexive checking of one’s own appearance in every window pane as a sign of dysmorphobia. One thing is certain, however: the phenomenon is unfortunately becoming more and more common and the Affected people are getting younger and younger.

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