Plastic surgery can make you feel good about yourself, boosting your appearance, and in the process, your self esteem. But, this is only true if you have realistic expectations about your surgery. Some people obsess about tiny flaws and imperfections, and turn to plastic surgery to fix it. It won't.
According to a study released this month in the Annals of Plastic Surgery, plastic surgery rarely cures patients who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a disorder where a person fixates on body "defects" to the point where it interferes with daily living. About 7% to 8% of patients who seek plastic surgery suffer from BDD. The possible reason these patients are not happy once they have surgery to improve the "perceived" problem area is that they just fixate on another body part. For example, after a nose job to correct a flawed nose, the focus may turn to the stomach. The authors of the study recommend that plastic surgeons screen patients who may suffer from BDD.
Do you excessively obsess about your appearance, and are worried you may suffer from BDD? Find out what they symptoms are.