Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Cosmetic Surgery

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What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)?

    Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is an anxiety condition characterized by excessively negative thoughts about one’s own appearance and body. Those who suffer with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) may try to alter their facial aesthetic by undergoing various cosmetic surgeries. Unfortunately, surgery alone is usually not enough to bring happiness to the patient, and they are often left with more anxiety about other parts of their face, or just an overall dissatisfaction with the surgical results.

Understanding BDD

     You may notice the symptoms for BDD manifest as an obsession with parts of your body. Often, the face and skin are focal points of concern. You may find yourself trying to “cover” what you consider to be flaws with makeup or clothes, avoiding mirrors, picking at your skin, not leaving the house or avoiding social settings, having unnecessary cosmetic surgeries, feeling depression, anxiety, or shame regarding the way you look, and even thoughts of suicide. 

Cosmetic Surgery and BDD 

   If you are noticing these behaviors in yourself or a loved one, please seek professional support right away. We want our patients to be happy and healthy at all times, especially before undergoing cosmetic surgery or other elective procedures. Although Dr. Sanovich and staff are not psychiatric professionals, as a caring and attentive surgical practice, patient wellness is our top concern. We are happy to recommend helpful resources and we encourage you to always prioritize your mental health. 

    Remember, when considering cosmetic surgery, it is best to have a positive mindset, one that focuses on enhancing your natural beauty while improving your health. Please reach out to our office today at (972) 914-3660 for more information on how Dallas Surgical Arts can help you along your wellness journey.

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