Dr. Rajiv Grover is a plastic surgeon who recently explained to The Telegraph that there are actual reasons why a camera phone adds seven years to your face when you take a selfie. Both the phone and the way it's held contribute to people being unsatisfied with the results of their photos, and bad selfies have even increased the number of patients seeking consultations from him for plastic surgery.
Despite advancements in phone-camera quality, Dr. Grover notes that these cameras are less-than-optimal for capturing your visage at close range:
A phone’s 28mm camera lens does exactly what time does to your face, enlarging the front of your face so that it looks bigger, as well as amplifying the features that get larger as you age. Add to that the fact that you tend to look down at your phone, which makes the skin on your neck and jowls look saggy.
He goes on to explain that a selfie actually imitates the effects of aging:
Put simply, the classic selfie resembles the balance of an older face rather than a younger face. By taking away the beauty of the central triangle and exaggerating the central features the photo effects are actually mimicking the aging process itself!
Cheer up, though, because taking better selfies can be as simple as looking up:
A shot from above looking up stretches the neck, defines the jaw and distributes your soft tissue in your face more peripherally so that your face appears more balanced like it does in youth.
There you have it. The selfie adds seven years, and the only way to overcome it is to have freakishly long arms that can hold the camera at an appropriate distance and angle. Having surgically enhanced arms would be much more interesting than any nip or tuck on the face anyway.