Your nose isn’t really as big as it looks in selfies

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His nose is not as big as it looks in selfies, says facial plastic surgeon Boris Paskhover. So maybe you'll stay with that nose job, at least, until you've seen a decent photo of yourself.
Last year, more than half of plastic surgeons approached patients who wanted to look better in selfies, according to a survey by the American Academy of Facial Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery. But selfies do not really reflect what people look like in the flesh, says Paskhover, who works at Rutgers Medical School in New Jersey. "They take out their phone and say:" Look at this picture, look how big my nose looks, "he says. "I went out to prove why selfies do not look like the real person, why they are distorted."
So he teamed up with a computer scientist to create an average human head model. The team calculated how much larger the nose would appear in a photo taken at a distance of 12 inches away, or a normal portrait distance of five feet away. They discovered that close-ups distort the nose, making it look 30 percent wider for men and 29 percent wider for women, according to an article published today in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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For professionals of photography, the results make sense. Most smart phone cameras have wide-angle lenses, says Verge creative director James Bareham, and close-ups with wide-angle lenses cause distortion that makes objects closer to the camera, such as a nose, look bigger. "It's one of the basic things in photography: do not shoot portraits on a wide-angle lens because you'll look terrible," says Bareham.
The longer lenses in a traditional camera flatten the image, which helps get rid of an unwanted beaky-ness. Some "portrait modes" on phones like the iPhone X, the Pixel 2 XL and the Galaxy Note 8 try to digitally improve the appearance of selfies, but the best option is to take the photo farther away. But there is a great limitation, says Bareham: the length of the arm. "Theoretically, people with longer arms can take a more flattering selfie than people with shorter arms," ​​he says. "Of course, the selfie stick is always there."
Then, do not cut your nose to annoy your face. There are much less painful solutions. Get a selfie stick, a better camera or a friend to take your picture. And, of course, there is always the old standby mode: Photoshop.

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