Research says that one in ten plastic surgery patients suffer from a mental illness, but doctors don’t usually know about it. This concerning finding means that many patients are seeking modifications to their body for the wrong reasons.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a body-image condition. Individuals who suffer from BDD are preoccupied with thoughts that they are unattractive or about a perceived defect in their appearance. Most often sufferers dislike their hair, chest, stomach, skin, or nose. This is likely why they seek plastic surgery.
Anxiety and Depression
Many people suffer from anxiety and depression. These conditions can lead to low self-esteem, which causes sufferers to criticize their body. This criticism can cause them to feel anxious in public or to isolate themselves. They may in turn seek out a procedure because they believe it will boost their self-esteem and cure their anxiety or depression.
Looking for Recovery in the Wrong Place
A plastic surgeon’s office isn’t the place where someone with BDD or anxiety and depression needs to be; rather they should meet with a mental health professional. Plastic surgery will NOT treat mental disorders; medication and/or counseling can treat them.
It’s true that rhinoplasty can improve the appearance of someone’s nose, SmartlipoTM can tone the stomach area, and breast implants can improve the look of the bust area. All of these changes can boost self-esteem, but studies show, people who seek these changes due to a psychological condition often do not experience long-term satisfaction. Many of them move on to criticizing something else about their body or become dissatisfied with the work that was performed.
Psychological Assessments Before Procedures
At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York, we always look for red flags and warning signs when someone comes in to our offices wanting surgery. Many of the questions we ask can identify the source of desire for a procedure. We also ask for medical history, which should include information about medical conditions that need to be considered before following through with any procedures.
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Our patients’ health and safety is our number one priority. We want to ensure you will be pleased with your results. Please call us today to set up a free consultation at 212-206-0023 or 631-499-1831. Our Manhattan and Long Island offices are open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and until 6:00 PM on Saturdays.
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