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Over the past 20 years, cosmetic surgery such as liposuction and breast augmentation, as well as non-surgical treatments like BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers and the like, have become accepted by most people.

Once the exclusive domain of Hollywood stars and the rich, aesthetic surgery is now available for almost anyone.

Notwithstanding the popularity and ease of cosmetic enhancements, have you ever wondered whether you, or someone you know, might be more committed to cosmetic enhancements than might be normal?

There is a specific disorder, called body dysmorphic disorder, that, in much the same way as those with eating disorders see themselves as fat (even though they may be of normal weight or even thin), people with body dysmorphic disorder see themselves in need of more and more cosmetic surgery, because they are unable to see themselves as others see them.

Here are some signs of Body Dysmorphic Disorder:

  • Preoccupation with physical appearance, almost to the detriment of anything else.
  • A belief that she has an abnormality or defect, regardless of the facts.
  • Looks at herself in windows and mirrors whenever she passes one or, conversely, avoids mirrors altogether.
  • Believes that others think she’s unattractive.
  • Constantly seeks reassurance about her appearance from friends & family.
  • Has had many cosmetic procedures but never seems satisfied with them.
  • Grooms excessively, might pick at herself constantly.
  • Extremely self-consciousness.
  • Refuses to appear in pictures or insists on standing in the back.
  • Constant comparison of her appearance with others.
  • Avoids social situations because she’s “too ugly.”
  • Wears excessive makeup or clothing to camouflage perceived flaws.
  • Obsesses over specific parts of her body, such as her breasts, tummy or face.

Hopefully none of the attributes above remind you of anyone you know, let alone yourself. However, it’s important to remember that cosmetic enhancements are meant to enhance oneself, and not to suggest that without them one would be ugly or socially unacceptable.

During your initial consultation, we will assess your mental state and the motivations for why you are seeking treatment in our cosmetic surgery NYC or Long Island centers.

If you are not a good candidate due to mental roadblocks or red flags such as BDD, we will refer you to a professional therapist before reconsidering cosmetic enhancements.

To a Healthy Body Image,

The Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team

*The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health related concerns and before starting a new diet or exercise program. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.