Are Video Calls Giving You Zoom Dysmorphia?

Are Video Calls Giving You Zoom Dysmorphia?

Video calls and virtual meetings have become common. But staring at our own faces all the time is contributing to a new phenomenon called “Zoom Dysmorphia.”

That’s the perception that we don’t look good – because of what we’re seeing on camera! And it’s one of the reasons we’re in the middle of a plastic surgery boom!

According to a survey, 56% of board-certified dermatologists say they’ve seen a spike in cosmetic consultations since the pandemic began. And 86% of patients cited video conferencing as their reason for coming in.

The problem is, when we look at ourselves in the mirror – or while taking selfies – it’s intentional. But when we see ourselves on a video call, we get a constant, unedited, unfiltered look at ourselves.

But according to Dr. Arianne Kourosh, a dermatology professor at Harvard Medical School, that image we see is distorted.

Being so close to the camera makes the nose look 30% larger and wider – eyes appear smaller – and teeth appear larger. It’s down to the wide-angle lens on most computers and smartphones. It makes whatever is closest to the camera – like your nose – look larger.

And the camera angle can also exaggerate the appearance of jowls.

So, what we see staring back at us on a Zoom call may not be reality.