The Selfie Effect: How Your Selfies Are Causing Virtual Facial Distortion

We’ve all been there- you take a selfie, and think, “My face looks weird. Am I taking this picture from the wrong angle?” It’s not just you- according to a recent study, your selfies really are making your face look bigger. It’s called “The Selfie Effect.” Many people believe that their camera accurately depicts what they really look like, however, selfies can enlarge your entire nose by 30% and enlarge the tip of your nose by 7%. The distortion occurs when using your front-facing camera. The lens point makes whatever protrudes closer to it, appear larger.

With everyone joining the selfie craze, plastic surgeons have reported a 55% increase in procedures that help their patients look better in selfies, such as rhinoplasty. With social sharing at an all-time high, social media users have been more aware than ever of how they look and how they are perceived by others. To combat the selfie effect, professionals suggest taking a picture from 60 inches away and to use the rear-facing camera rather than the front-facing camera. If that doesn’t work and you find yourself desiring a different look based on your selfies, be sure to consult with a licensed professional, like one of our team members at BOYD Beauty.