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What is selfie dysmorphia?

I social network portano all'ossessione di una perfezione non reale, facendo sentire a disagio nel proprio viso naturale perché troppo abituati a percepirlo con l’immagine virtuale

02 May 2022

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Social networks and editing apps rise, with their filters, have definitely affected the way we perceive the concept of beauty, distorting the perception of how we should really look. And here’s why, on socials, so many users look the same. “The Instagram face” is a face with poreless skin, high cheekbones, small nose and cat eyes. Carrie Bradshaw should be mentioned: how did we get into it? Posting a photo without using a filter, for many people, is now synonymous of discomfort. And, in part, current models of reference are the big cause. Bella Hadid recently declared her regret for having had her nose done at the age of 14. Chiara Biasi is also trying to dissolve the volumizing hyaluronic acid that she had injected into her face for years. Model Ireland Baldwin doesn’t feel the same way, as she has publicly stated that she is insecure about her chin and has undergone a FaceTite treatment, a semi-invasive facial contouring that reduces fat without leaving scars, by taking the liquid from fat cells through liposuction. And it is precisely from these examples that we can understand selfie dysmorphia, the behavior that leads people to no longer recognize themselves in natural photos but rather in filtered ones, to the point of wanting to give in to aesthetic treatments, often irreversible and invasive.

So what is selfie dysmorphia?

We could summarize it by describing TikTok Madonna videos. The pop star has no problem to show her surgery and to show how she likes her image even through camera lens with filters that visually enlarge points of the face. There’s no denying that some people on Instagram, TikTok or Snapchat are tempted to post a story with a “filtered” face. But selfie dysmorphia becomes worring when there’s no longer an acceptance of oneself and one’s uniqueness, due to the increasingly strong influence of having to conform to this filters beauty canons. This alteration of reality is becoming more popular especially among Millennials and Generation Z who go to the surgery doctor asking for “the Instagram” face. Surgeon’s job is to advise against surgery if there is no need, making patients understand that real life is not exactly the same as in virtual world.

Difference between surgery and aesthetic medicine

The desire to achieve an Instagram-worthy appearance is becoming a plague of our society. Chasing beauty standards is very wrong. Rather, you should chase canons of your own personal beauty, enhancing it to the fullest. Because, in SOTHERGA we will never stop reminding those who do not like themselves, and choose to undergo surgery, may never be able to go back. If we talk about surgery, in fact, it is complex to get back to the face as it was before, because surgery modifies and removes something from the natural features. Easier, however, is to go back from aan aesthetic medicine treatment, such as fillers and hyaluronic acid, whose effects last for few months, are transient and absorbable by the body. Aesthetic medicine can also come to aid when cosmetic surgery is unsatisfactory, although the end result will still be limited to results that are now irreversible.

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In some cases, the aesthetic doctor may recommend a solution that allows the patient's needs to be met through cosmetic surgery, always respecting a natural and personal aesthetic standard.

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Bio-fillers are latest-generation treatments composed of free hyaluronic acid mixed with peptides (small chains of amino acids).

Filler

The hyaluronic acid in the filler is a cross-linked hyaluronic acid. Its density and structure increase depending on the level of cross-linking, resulting in a longer absorption time.

Filler

The hyaluronic acid used in the filler is a cross-linked hyaluronic acid. The higher the level of cross-linking, the denser and more textured the filler becomes, resulting in a longer absorption time.

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