Selfies Make Your Nose Look Bigger

If you’ve ever felt like there was something a bit off with your selfies, you’re not alone. According to researchers who published a report in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery journal, taking selfies at a distance of about 12 inches from the face increases perceived nose size by about 30%.

Phone cameras use very wide-angle lenses. When you use a wide-angle lens to photograph an object up close, it will cause distortion in your subject. So, your normal sized nose will start to look like it’s trying to leap through your screen.

This has caused people to acquire serious self-image issues.

A poll run by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons revealed that 42% of surgeons reported that patients were seeking cosmetic procedures for improved selfies and pictures on social media platforms.

So, what can you do to improve your self-portraits without having avoid costly plastic surgery?

  1. Use the Self Timer and Step a Few Feet Back
    Set your phone on a steady surface or tripod and pose more than 12 inches away from the lens. The further away you are from the camera, the less distortion there will be.

  2. Try a Selfie Stick
    Sure, they are reviled in tourist spots everywhere, but they can do wonders for your self-image. Not only will you be able to avoid nose distortion, you’ll also be able to photograph yourself from a variety of creative angles.

  3. Have Someone Take the Photo for You
    Best case scenario is to find someone who knows what they’re doing with a camera and have them take the photo for you. You’ll avoid image distortion and have a second set of trained eyes to tell you whether or not the picture is good – which can save you a lot of time and precious storage space.

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