Selfies Distort Your Face and Make Your Nose Look Bigger

Yes, selfies do make your nose look bigger

They found selfies taken at 30cm make the base of the photographer's nose look about 30 percent wider than if they were taken at 1.5m, which Prof Paskhover called "a standard portrait distance that provides a more proportional representation of facial features". He said selfies make the nose appear thicker and wider when it really is not.

In fact, selfies taken from a foot away from your face may distort the dimensions and proportions of your nose enough to make it appear roughly 30% larger than it is, according to a research letter published Thursday in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

But researchers are warning that the close proximity of the camera can have distortive effects on the person's face, which could potentially prompt selfie-takers to develop a skewed self-image.

When the picture is taken from a distance of five feet, the distortion isn't almost as significant. While the tip of your nose appears to be 7 percent bigger compared to rest area of the nose.

Boris Paskhover, a head and neck surgeon and Rutgers professor and one of the study authors says that since most youngsters these days are constantly taking selfies for social media, they "think those images are representative of how they really look".

"I notice a lot of my patients come in and show me selfies of what they look like", he said. A portrait at 12 inches (left) and at 5 feet.

Approximately 55 percent of potential plastic surgery patients told surgeons in 2017 they wanted a nose job to look better in selfies.

The selfie trend took the smartphone world by storm years ago, prompting many smartphone makers to build what they think is the ideal selfie camera.

According to Dr Boris Paskhover, a plastic surgeon in the United States who specialises in reconstructive surgery, patients have been requesting surgery to make their noses smaller, citing selfies the main reason.

His team's facial model was based on data collected from a sample of racially and ethnically diverse participants in the US. It calculated the changes to the ratio between the nose's breadth and the width between the two cheekbones at various camera distances. It's far easier than plastic surgery. "People have to be aware that selfies change how your face looks".

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