August 17, 2011

Risks of Plastic Surgery

(Ivanhoe Newswire)--It is not uncommon for people to express concern when it comes to the symptoms of plastic surgery, but a new Belgium study may make people even more cautious.

According to this new study, one third of plastic surgery patients have at least moderate symptoms of a mental disorder making them preoccupied with imagined or slight defects in appearance, also referred to as Body Dysmorphic Disorder, or BDD. This is a condition in which a person has an unnatural preoccupation with defects in their appearance. Often times these defects are slight or even imagined.

Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel, a world renowned Facial Plastic Surgeon and Professor at Boston University, was quoted sharing his view on this recent study," While I am not certain that the findings from this small sample of Belgians accurately characterizes all persons seeking cosmetic rhinoplasty, the study does reinforce my current practice of having a lengthy conversation with each person who seeks my services.  It is important to know precisely what each potential patient is seeking, and their reasons for wanting that change.  These in depth conversations are inherent to being a physician and assuring that my care will help each person to achieve greater satisfaction, confidence, and happiness."

SOURCE: CWR Partners; August 2011