Selfie makes the nose look 30% bigger according to recent study

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Taking a selfie from a distance of about 12 inches or 30 centimeters makes the size of the nose look 30 percent larger, according to a report from JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

Researchers are now asking people interested in plastic surgery to not make selfie photos as a basis for changing their face.

"Patients, communities, and even my family should be aware that if the selfie you take does not present your true self," said Boris Paskhover, a facial plastic surgeon at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and also lead author of the study.

"Selfie makes your nose look thicker and wider than it actually is and people prefer a smaller nose," Paskhover said.

"I'm afraid, people do not know this, they only know about selfie."

Thanks to social media like Facebook and Instagram, selfie quickly became a trend. In 2016, Anil Sabharwal, Vice President, Google Photos says that there are 25 billion selfies uploaded to their servers.

The selfie trend may encourage people to perform plastic surgery based on their appearance in the photo, Paskhover said.

According to a poll conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, 55 percent of surgeons admitted that their patients want to do plastic surgery to make them appear more attractive in social media by 2017. This figure is up from 42 percent in 2016.

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