Cosmetic surgery is an elective procedure performed on people who want to enhance their appearance. Before we tackle the very real issue of cosmetic surgery addiction, a distinction needs to be made between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery. Plastic surgery is a specialty in medicine that focuses on reconstructing defects caused by congenital disorders, burns, accidents, diseases, and trauma. The main purpose is to correct an area of the body that is disfigured. People often interchange the terms plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery, but the latter is dedicated to enhancing the aesthetic of a person.
Types of cosmetic surgery might include breast augmentation, rhinoplasty or more commonly known as nose lift, facelift, and liposuction. On occasion, some people go under the knife to enhance what they perceive as deformed or unappealing. Others undergo several procedures and still remain unsatisfied. This can notably develop into an addiction. The compulsion to keep on altering an aspect of one’s appearance is often attributed to body dysmorphic disorder.
Why Are People Obsessing On Cosmetic Surgeries?
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a psychological condition characterized by a preoccupation with an imagined physical defect or exaggeration of a minor defect that other people don’t even recognize. This obsession with their appearance can cause severe emotional distress and can impair their quality of life significantly. Body dysmorphia cannot simply be chalked up to vanity.
A person with BDD is always consumed by the thought of how they look and would constantly act as if their perceived negative feature was the main focal point. Because of this, they often manifest obsessive-compulsive behaviours such as checking themselves out in the mirror numerous times a day, criticizing their perceived flaws, skin-picking, obsessing over other peoples’ features, and constantly seeking validation from others.
The insistent worry over their appearance pushes the person with BDD to resort to cosmetic surgery. They hold the belief that altering their appearance is the only way to diminish their negative feelings towards self. Without proper psychiatric intervention, a person with body dysmorphia who already underwent cosmetic surgery will still feel discontented due to their unrealistically high beauty standards, dangerously leading to cosmetic surgery addiction.
Signs To Look Out For
Individuals with body dysmorphic disorder may experience symptoms that can be distressful. There might also be an underlying mental health disorder that is yet to be diagnosed. Some of the signs would include:
Even if they undergo cosmetic surgery many times, they never seem satisfied with the results. In fact, it can make the disorder worse.
Is Cosmetic Surgery Dangerous?
The health risks of excessive cosmetic surgery are undeniable. Apart from the complications that might arise during the operation such as nerve damage, cardiac arrest brought about by the anesthetic agent, blood clot formation, organ damage, hemorrhage (just to name a few), complications can also arise post-surgically. Some of the most common complications are wound infections, keloid formation, collapsed muscles, and even disfigurement. Although rare, another notable postoperative concern is the development of opioid addiction from prescription painkillers. As it can take several weeks or months for the wound to completely heal, the individual might abuse this highly addictive drug.
What Are The Options For Cosmetic Surgery Addiction?
Treatment services are accessible, and should help you find the right choice for your personal recovery. Fortunately, cognitive behavioral therapy has proven to be very successful in treating both cosmetic surgery addiction and body dysmorphia.
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