Instagram’s Famous Plastic Surgery Filters Will Be Banned Soon

Spark AR, the company behind the plastic surgery themed filters used on Instagram and Facebook, will soon ban such filters due to new-well being policies, the company announced on their Facebook group on Oct. 18.

The company wrote in the post that they want all the Spark AR themed effects to be “a positive experience.” The company added that they are “re-evaluating” their current policies as “they relate to well-being.”

The company will remove and postpone all plastic surgery effects from the Instagram Effect Gallery, and “will continue to remove policy-violating effects as they are identified,” the company announced on Facebook.

The plastic surgery themed effects give people enlarged cheekbones and fuller lips like Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian. This fad has been termed as the “Instagram face.”

Instagram has received a lot of criticism for promoting a specific look through these filters and influencing others to get surgery to copy the “Instagram face” look.

The Kardashians are the embodiment of the look. Joyce Bonelli, Kardashian’s former make up artist, is really the one who championed the “Instagram face” due to over-the-top contoured nose and cheekbones, thick, matte eyebrows and foundation that the Kardashians are always sporting, according to the website BallerStatus.

The look is mainly used to achieve the perfect selfie.

A report found that millennials will take over 25,000 selfies throughout their whole lives. With the help of the Facetune app and other apps that augment facial features, more people are now flooding cosmetic surgery clinics’ waiting rooms to look the same way they look when they used those filters. 

A recent study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that 40% of surgeons said that looking better in selfies on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat was the main reason why their clients decided to get plastic surgery, and they warn that this can become more of a trend with minors since they use social media more often.


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