NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sometimes the secret to a great selfie is in the filter.
But as good as those filters make people look on social media, some wish they looked the same in real life.READ MORE: Walker Scores 19, Knicks Romp To End 15-Game Skid Vs 76ers
Selfie lovers are now taking those filtered images to the plastic surgeon’s office and asking doctors to make their dream photo a reality.
Anna Walden, 25, always perfects her look before posting.
“Someone says, ‘oh let’s go take a picture!’ and I’ll find something else to do,” Walden said. “I really feel social media — take it with a grain of salt.”
New filters and apps like Facetune have helped propel a “selfie improvement movement” according to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Norman Rowe. Users easily whiten teeth, enlarge lips and slim hips — with a simple swipe.READ MORE: Flames Use 4-Goal Outburst In 1st Period To Beat Devils
“I want to look like I look with this filter,” Dr. Rowe said.
That look is exactly what Goldstein is trying to obtain.
“There’s a Snapchat filter that sort of thins out your face and gives you cheekbones and it sort of just — shoop! Sucks everything in a bit, ” Walden said. “If I could live my life in that Snapchat filter — I think everyone feels that way.”
But can the looks truly be replicated?
“It honestly makes it more difficult because some of these filters are created and it’s difficult to obtain the same affect in reality,” Dr. Rowe said.
For selfie lovers seeking a more perfected snap, using filtered pictures as a guide is as normal as typical beauty upkeep.MORE NEWS: New York Weather: CBS2’s 10/27 Wednesday Morning Forecast
Dr. Rowe encourages clients to enhance what they have, and consideres filters “fluff.”