Body Dysmorphic Disorder Affects One-Third of Nose Job Patients: Study
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) could be suffered by plastic surgery patients even if they haven't undergone multiple surgeries, a new study reveals.
It was already well known that a connection exists between multiple plastic surgeries and the disorder.
BDD is a psychiatric condition in which excessive concern about imagined or minor defects in appearance interferes with daily life.
A recent Belgian study found that one-third of patients seeking nose jobs have moderate to severe BDD.
That number rose to 43 percent amongst those wanting rhinoplasty mostly for cosmetic reasons.
Among patients seeking rhinoplasty to correct a breathing issue or other medical problem, the incidence of BDD was just 2 percent.
In addition, the study also looked at whether there is a link between the disorder and a patient's appearance.
The study authors wrote that many patients who were highly concerned about their appearance had only minor defects or none at all.
Previous studies showed that just 10 percent of patients seeking rhinoplasty suffer from BDD.
Authors of the study hope that their research will help doctors to identify BDD patients and urge them to seek out therapy rather than surgery.