Nosejob procedures are rising by 10 per cent a year in the US. The study said that taking a picture of yourself from just a foot away changes the shape of our face.
Study author Dr Boris Paskhover, of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, explained: “Despite the ease with which selfies are taken, the short distance from the camera causes a distortion of the face owing to projection – most notably an increase in nasal dimensions.”
His team’s facial model was based on data collected from a sample of racially and ethnically diverse participants in the US.
Dr Paskhover added: “The selfie has rapidly become one of the major photographic modalities of our time. In 2014 alone 93 million selfies a day were taken on Android phones.”
The study, published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, follows a recent poll by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, in which 42 per cent said patients were seeking procedures for improved selfies on social media.
It also found that 99 per cent of surgeons in the US believed that celebrity culture and social media is driving a desire for the perfect selfie.
It is thought Britons take 35 million selfies every month.
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons said young people were now under “incessant pressure” to be perfect – comparing themselves to digitally-enhanced photos.