Social media definitely affects our everyday lives, but Botched star Dr. Paul Nassif exclusively revealed to Life & Style that it has even inspired the latest plastic surgery trend. Previously, hopeful patients would step into the L.A.-based surgeon’s office asking to be transformed into Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner or another A-list beauty. However, Dr. Nassif explained that he’s noticed more and more patients want to look like themselves, but just a more filtered version like in their photos.
“That doesn’t happen anymore,” the 57-year-old acknowledged when asked which celebs people are most dying to look like these days during the Brooks Brothers Holiday Celebration to benefit St. Jude on December 7. “When I used to get asked those questions four years ago, I always had answers. Now we have selfie dysmorphia, which could be good or bad.”
The doc further explained that filtered photos are starting to become people’s inspiration for the procedures they want to get done. “Everyone is taking selfies. Everyone’s actually getting that — looking at themselves and they filter. Now if they do a little filtering, it’s OK because they want to look like a better version of themself,” Dr. Nassif continued. “Overdoing it though can be a little bit more of that dysmorphic issue where it’s not a good thing.”
Fans will be able to see more of this trend during as season 6 progresses — the new episodes started airing on November 4. “So we talk about that a lot on Botched. And so no one actually comes in anymore for the celeb stuff. They say, ‘Hey, this is what I like. Can you do this?'” he noted. “That’s what’s going on with some of the FaceTune — I even have an app to change things. But again, as you know, Instagram is calling people out on that. They don’t want you doing a lot of changing.”
There are many filters available that enhance the size of your lips and eyes while slimming your nose and cheekbones. However, with that look becoming more and more popular, it’s hard to draw the line between real and fake. Even Halsey had to defend herself after fans accused her of getting plastic surgery when she was simply using a setting on the camera.
“I can’t believe I’m saying this … but it’s an Instagram filter … didn’t f–k up my face … if [you] couldn’t tell by all the money signs …” she wrote in October.
And we thought filters were supposed to be just for fun?