When most people think of what looks to be cosmetic
surgery addiction, images of specific celebrities come to mind.
You may think of Michael Jackson, or Joan Rivers, or "Barbie"
Cindy Jackson, or Jocelyn Cat Woman Wildenstein.
The fact is that two thirds of the cosmetic surgery
patients go back to have additional procedures done, often on the
same body part. Once the patient has become comfortable with the
process and/or surgeon they are more apt to retun ni their attempt
to attain the "perfect" look.
Cosmetic surgery addiction often stems from a condition
called body dysmorphic disorder which causes a person to consider
themselves hideous no matter how attractive they really are. Body
dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is characterized by an excessive preoccupation
with a real or imagined defect in your physical appearance. Those
with this disorder feel that if they are not happy then they must
not be beautiful and in order to be happy they must become beautiful.
When a patient with this condition turns to surgical procedures
they have to go back for more because the change in their physical
appearance does not bring the desired effect on their happiness.
These plastic surgery addictions are usually easy
to detect for medical professionals, friends, and family. Patients
who have had countless cosmetic procedrues, either on the same or
different body parts, are typical addicts. Doctors can usually identify
the troubled patients during the initial consultation
which may prompt them to advise psychological counseling before
proceeding with the surgery.
How Is Cosmetic Surgery Addiction Treated?
This form of addiction is a problem that can be remedied
with a number of treatment options. Counseling sessions are an option
for addicts as they can benefit from talk therapy since their problem
is both behavioral and perceptual. Some doctors may advise the patients
use prescriptions to treat their addiction or to complement their
counseling, and alleviate the underlying anxiety. For some cases
of surgery addiction and BDD the doctor may need to suggest the
patient seek rehabilitation in a residential care facility where
they can be monitored and undergo therapy by the inhouse medical