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Is it possible to be 'addicted' to cosmetic surgery?

By Anonymous June 26, 2009 - 9:27am
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With the passing of Michael Jackson yesterday, I was wondering if it is possible to be 'addicted' to cosmetic surgery. Is this an established disorder?

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I'm a sufferer of BDD as mentioned above and have been for numerous cosmetic surgery Hertfordshire treatments at http://www.pinehillhospital.co.uk/

September 6, 2012 - 2:09am
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It is possible indeed to be "addicted" to plastic surgery and the poster above has hit on one of the main reasons - BDD - Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
This is a disorder where a person (mostly women but it's certainly not exclusive to women) has a distorted body image and see "faults" and problems with their bodies that don't actually exist. Plastic surgery patients who have procedure after procedure need to be evaluated for this condition.
Many anorexics have BDD and see fat where it does not exist and perceive their body parts and characteristic as being unattractive and flawed, even if they are really beautiful.
Another problem of plastic surgery over-use is that it's like painting one wall in your house. As soon as it's done, you start thinking that all your other walls are dull and faded (even if they are not) and you start going from room to room, fixing cosmetic problems that you didn't even think you had, until you had that first room redone.

June 26, 2009 - 11:24am
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I don't know about an addiction to cosmetic surgery, but there is a condition known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

June 26, 2009 - 9:56am
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