The doctors have now come up with a new phenomenon called 'Snapchat Dysmorphia' in order to describe the psychology of those patients who wish to change their look as per their filtered versions by undergoing cosmetic surgery procedures.
Note that the filters in social networks and applications for editing can photo or video to make a flawless skin, expressive cheekbones, large eyes, small nose and so on. It's a mirror that travels with you everywhere.
The Boston University authors warn that impact of digitally-perfected selfies may be especially harmful to young people.
"Today's generation can't escape "the Truman effect" because from birth they are born into an age of social platforms where their feelings of self-worth can be based purely on the number of likes and followers that they have, which is linked to how good they look or how great these images are", Esho told the Independent.
Is your teenage daughter addicted to photo editing applications such as Snapchat to get that flawless look for the ideal selfie?
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found in a survey that in 2017, 55 percent of surgeons reported seeing patients who sought surgery so they could look better in selfies.
With the spread of applications like Snapchat and Facetune, the level of physical "perfection" previously seen only on celebrity or beauty magazines is now all over social media, said researchers from Boston Medical Center in the US.
Though BDD can be treated with therapy and medication, about one fourth of people with the disorder have attempted suicide, according to a 2007 study, and many more have experienced suicidal thoughts.
"The pervasiveness of these filtered images can take a toll on one's self esteem, make one feel inadequate for not looking a certain way in the real world, and may even act as a trigger and lead to body dysmorphic disorder", the piece adds.
This can include engaging in repetitive behaviour like skin picking, visiting dermatologists or plastic surgeons, hoping to change their appearance. "They like the way look", she said. "It's like living in a fantasy".