The Selfie Addiction: From Surgery to Obsession

Some people are going to extreme lengths for the perfect selfie, including having cosmetic procedures.
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stanic my strange affliction continues. Here's Deborah Roberts. Can we go the bathroom and smoke a cigarette. I need one. But first let me take a selfie. Reporter: The song has become an anthem of sorts. No surprise, since everyone seems selfie obsessed! Power couples. The president. Even -- the pope? There's even a new sitcom on the subject premiering on ABC this fall. Traded likes for likes and before long I was insta-famous. Reporter: The craze has sparked a whole new industry -- complete with apps allowing uskes ma their instagram insta-glam. There're even online "Selfie schools" teaching the "How to's" for capturing that "Perfect" pose. So you're gonna wanna hold it just a little bit above eye level. Reporter: But for some selfie-holics filters and photo edits just aren't enough they're actually turning to a more "Physical" photo shop -- cosmetic surgery. The latest thing? Hand rejuvenation. That's right hand rejuvenation. Afterall today's brides may want something borrowed, something blue and - something to post! So you're gonna get your hands basically smoothed out for a nice selfie? Yeah. Just ask Christa Hendershot who got engaged last fall -- Hi. Reporter: Now she's shelling out more than $3,000 to be more "Selfie worthy." I feel like my hands are veiny and my knuckles are very red. What we're gonna insert a little filler under your skin. It's quick -- about 20 minutes-- It's quick -- just a little pinch and very slowly we're going to start to inject. Reporter: And Christa is instantly happier. You notice a difference already? Yes, I do like the veins are not as blue-definitely in here. So will these be hands be worthy of a selfie now do you think -- a selfie! Yes! I've noticed over the last 6 months patients actually bring a selfie. In the examine room they show me what bothers them and what they would like to fix. These were taking the day of my wedding. Reporter: 33-year-old Jen Muir's concern is her nose. She hates it so much, she's been sitting on the selfie sidelines. I can see everybody posting pictures of themselves and I'm thinking why can't I do it? What's the problem? Why am I not posting pictures of myself? I saw a guy taking a selfie one of these days, and I thought, I wish, I wish I could do it. Reporter: Now she wants in the social media game. But before she will snap -- Jen insists on a snip -- a nose job. I want to change my profile. I feel like my nose hangs. I also want to change my bump. I feel like it's too big. Hello, Jen, how are you? Reporter: Her surgeon -- Dr. Samuel Rizk -- also credits social media for an uptick in business -- the biggest trend he's seen in his 16 year career. I personally would see two to three patients, uh, a day that have come in from selfies and social media. It really bothers me. Reporter: Jen's $15,000 splurj for selfies may seem extreme until you meet 19-year-old Danny bowman-- whose selfies led to the most modern of strange afflications. For me, it became an obsession. It became taking ten photos, and then it became a habit, to the point where I was taking, you know, two 00 a day. 200? Yeah. Photos of yourself, a day? Yes. Why? To seek perfection. I wanted to find the perfect selfie. I wanted to look like them people on the front of vogue, like them people on the front of gq. You know, perfection was, was the key. I can't even get over how bad I thought I looked. Reporter: It began when Danny -- at 15 -- innocently took his first selfie. But that initial picture set off an endless cycle of snapping and scrutinizing. They were the perfect way of examining myself. Um, examining my face, examining my hair. Reporter: Soon selfies weren't about "Sharing." Instead, Danny was picking himself apart. No longer posting to social media but critiquing his appearance -- focused on perceived imperfections. I'd see, uh, skin discolorment. I'd see spots potentially coming. I'd see my hair wasn't perfectly coifed. My nose was too big. Everything was a problem. And it seemed that the only way to get rid of that problem, was to take these photos, and examine them completely. And it became just, just out of control. Reporter: His life became into a full blown addiction. I used to go out of class about three times every lesson to, to take these selfies. How else did it interrupt your day? I stopped playing sport. I quit the teams. I was on about four or five different teams. All so you could have time to take the pictures. Take the pictures. Reporter: To his parent's horror he retreated from day-to-life, dropping out of school, barely eating. For six months Danny wouldn't leave the house. Social media turned him anti-social. I literally cut myself off from, from the world. Cut myself off from social media, cut myself off from everything. Why? Because I thought I wasn't perfect. Wait a minute. I'm looking at you, this -- Yeah. Very attractive guy. And you thought that people would be scared of your face? I thought I would be like an alien. You know, people would look at me, and think I was so disfigured that, that that's, you know, I would be, you know, they'd literally scream down the street. It sounds scary, I mean, it really was scary for me at that time. Reporter: A frightening story which nearly had a tragic ending. And, unfortunately it got to the point where, you know, I didn't want to live anymore. You tried to take your life. Yes. Because you couldn't put the perfect selfie. Not just the perfect selfie, I could not seek perfection. Reporter: Danny nearly overdosed on pills. His parents found him and rushed him to the emergency room. What happened once you came to in the hospital? I think, you know, the first path to recovery is, is, you know, realizing you have a problem. Reporter: He soon learned his "Problem" had a name -- body Dismore fik disorder -- which leads a person to have a distorted view of their looks. Those compulsive selfies were a symptom of that underlying condition. Danny underwent intensive therapy, got rid of his phone and, deleted most of those selfies he once held so dear. Would you say you're cured? Um, I'm never going to be completely cured. I feel happy. I don't feel perfect, but I feel happy. This is you before you had this done, I think you're very pretty. Reporter: Back in New York -- a week after her selfie surgery -- it's time for Jen Muir's unveiling. I'm dying to see this, how 'bout you? I'm dying to. I'm so anxious. Yeah. So, let's, uh, let's do this. Um, it's I feel like we should do a drum roll. Ok, are you ready? Ready? Yes. Take a look. Oh, no. Oh, my god. The bump is gone this is like so nice I'm sorry. I'm like crying. You're that happen, huh? It's emotional. Reporter: And then that moment Jen's been waiting for -- Time for our selfie, here we go. With tears and everything? Yeah. All right. Now can we post this selfie? Yes, you can. Reporter: A satisfied patient. So all's well that uploads well. But maybe it's best to give Danny bowman the final word. So what do you say to other people out there, in the midst of this sort of selfie craze. I'd say, taking selfies is a great outlet but, be careful. Just be yourself. Because yourself is, sounds cliche, but yourself will be perfect. We're glad Danny got help and pulling for him. Do you know sm someone selfie obsessed tweet us using th

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