Are you obsessed with getting your nose fixed with a nose job procedure, or losing the fat with liposuction? Have you been dreaming about getting breast implants for years? A preoccupation with your figure flaws and making attempts to correct these flaws could be a sign of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Plastic surgeon Anthony Youn recently interviewed with NPR to discuss an emerging trend that includes an obsession with plastic surgery.
If you’ve been thinking about plastic surgery, your plastic surgeon will need to meet with you in person to determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure, and that you have realistic ideas about the outcome of your treatment. Many people with BDD think that plastic surgery will be the “ultimate fix” for their problems and when this fails to be the case, they may pursue even more procedures. Some plastic surgeons may recommend a mental health evaluation to determine whether you are mentally stable to pursue this type of treatment.
Take some time to look at these plastic surgery before and after photos so that you have some realistic expectations about the outcome of your treatment.
When Does Obsession Drive Plastic Surgery?
According to Dr. Youn, many people who are overly concerned with their body image see that some body parts are much more out of proportion than they actually are. These perceived defects can affect the individual’s self-esteem and also affect their overall quality of life. Some people may become incredibly depressed, up to the point where they try to commit suicide.
A recent study published in this month’s issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, reports that 33 percent of patients in the study who sought out a nose job for cosmetic purposes, also had moderate to severe BDD.
Dr. Youn points out that for some people, even a small bump on the nose or a slight defect or flaw in their appearance can feel like it is a much larger problem than it actually is. This can fuel an obsession to change one’s appearance –often drastically – which is why many patients with BDD may be likely to seek out plastic surgery.
If you have considered plastic surgery to fix your flaws, it’s important to have realistic outcomes about the procedure and make sure that undergoing the procedure isn’t just a band-aid for mental health problems that you’re struggling with. Talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon about your options, and look at plastic surgery before and after photos to see examples of successful outcomes with various types of plastic surgery procedures.