Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Psychiatrists have been hard at work and have discovered a new mental disorder which relates to cosmetic surgery. Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) begins in early adolescence when a person (usually a girl) becomes aware of her appearance and dislikes it. This is not a rational assessment of one’s appearance however.
A person with BDD is excessively preoccupied with their appearance and continually looking for flaws. BDD can get in the way of daily activities, school work, or doing one’s job properly. It can even turn a person into a social recluse.
- Some of the signs of BDD are:
- Wearing too much makeup
- Being camera-shy
- Shopping compulsively
- Touching or picking at your skin’
- Looking in a mirror at every opportunity
- Spending a lot of time with your grooming
In a teenager these habits may be common but BDD intensifies them and also causes a lot of emotional pain.
Disqualifying For Cosmetic Surgery?
One of the requirements for a good cosmetic surgery candidate is having realistic expectations about the outcome. But people with BDD are perfectionists. They will always find something wrong, so no cosmetic surgical outcome will be good enough for them.
The emotional distress that BDD sufferers feel would probably send many of them to a cosmetic surgeon. Perhaps knowing more about the potential results of a cosmetic surgery would help a BDD sufferer to accept their own results.
Dr. Rai puts a high priority on patient education. If you are interested in learning more about such procedures as ultrasonic liposuction, breast augmentation, or chin implants, please contact our cosmetic surgery office today.
Dr. Vasdev Rai
Dr. Vasdev Rai has performed more than 25,000 cosmetic surgeries over his more than 30 years in practice as a Dallas plastic surgeon. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon who was first certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1983. Learn More...
Dr. Surjit Rai
Dr. Surjit Rai was born and raised in Plano, Texas. Being the son of a plastic surgeon, Dr. Rai had the unique opportunity to see first-hand the impact a plastic surgeon can have. He knew at a young age that he would dedicate his life and academic career towards the goal of becoming a plastic surgeon. Learn More...