Plastic Surgery Desire is a Sign of Mental Disorder


Many women are obsessed by having to look good with slim body, sexy lips, nose, and a perfect jaw shape. Some are even willing to spend more money in order to get it through plastic surgery. But is this normal?

According to a study in Belgium, one’s desire to change parts of their body through surgery is one of the symptoms of mental disorder. The desire that usually appears after seeing their reflection in the mirror.

The study involved 226 patients aged 16 years and over, who comes to the doctor for consultation of nose surgery (rhinoplasty).

Based on the results of the analysis, one in three patients who underwent nasal surgery for beauty experience body dysmorphic disorder or BDD. This is a psychiatric condition characterized by a strong desire to change appearance excessively.

“This study shows that the prevalence of BDD symptoms in a high rhinoplasty cosmetic population and severity of symptoms have a negative effect on the body’s daily functions,” said study author.

Of all patients who underwent nasal surgery for reasons to correct breathing problems, only two percent showed symptoms of BDD. While those who are doing surgery with cosmetic reasons, 43 percent showed symptoms of BDD.

According to the New York Times, a plastic surgeon from Seattle said that it is a big mistake if the doctors still perform cosmetic surgery on patients with BDD.

“This could jeopardize their mental condition, because usually BDD sufferers will not be satisfied with the results of the surgery no matter how good it really is,”

Body dysmorphic disorder is estimated to affect 1-2 percent of the population. More common in women than in men.