The "right" nose for a selfie

The "right" nose for a selfie

According to a survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic , 42% of surgeons received visits from patients who wanted to undergo cosmetic surgery to improve their face. In the selfies they showed the Surgeon their faces were marked, disproportionate, unpleasant. Their faces in the images to post on social networks were strongly distorted. To investigate this phenomenon, a group of researchers, led by Boris Paskhover of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, calculated the distortion of facial features at different distances and at different camera angles and found that the perceived width of the nose increases when the camera comes close to the face. At a distance of 30 centimeters, for example, selfies would increase the size of the nose by 30% in men and 29% in women, while at one and a half meters the proportions would be the real ones. Similar formulas can also be applied to other parts of the face. Thus, men who want to emphasize a stronger chin or a strong jaw could position the camera at a certain distance and at a precise angle, and so could women who want to emphasize their eyes. The luck of one of the best-selling accessories in recent times can be traced back to this phenomenon: the selfie stick , the periscope rod used to take larger selfies. It is above all the younger patients, those under 40, who often take out their cell phones during the visit with the surgeon to point out that their nose is too big. It is the surgeon’s job to talk to patients, even by showing them through a mirror or a photo taken at the right distance that their nose is normal.