Body Dismorphic Disorder: Cosmetic Surgery Helps?
According to a recent study published in Annals of Plastic surgery, several patients who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) commonly seek cosmetic procedures, but only two percent of procedures actually reduced the severity of BDD. Despite this poor long-term outcome, physicians continue to provide requested surgeries to people suffering from BDD.

"BDD is a psychiatric disorder characterized by preoccupation with an imagined or slight defect in appearance which causes clinically significant distress or functional impairment. A majority of these individuals believe they have an actual deformity that can be corrected by cosmetic treatments to fix these perceived defects rather than seeking psychiatric intervention." said Katharine A. Phillips, MD, the director of the body image program at Rhode Island Hospital and a co-author of the paper.

In their new study, the researchers report that in a small retrospective study of 200 individuals with BDD, 31 percent sought and 21 percent received surgical or minimally invasive treatment for BDD symptoms. Nearly all of these individuals continued to have BDD symptoms, and some actually developed new appearance preoccupations.

In the meantime, physicians need to be aware that psychiatric treatments for BDD such as serotonin reuptake inhibitors and cognitive behavioral therapy appear to be effective for what can be a debilitating disorder."


Source: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-08/l-dcs081110.php
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