Body Dysmorphic Disorder: The Obsession With Aesthetic Perfection

 This pathology is an alteration of the personal image that can lead patients to undergo numerous cosmetic surgeries without being satisfied.

More and more celebrities are trapped in a vicious cycle of surgeries. Cases such as Mickey Rourke, Rodrigo Avilés better known as the “human Ken” and the well-known Kardashian clan, have brought into the debate the worrying situation that is increasingly affecting both famous and non-famous people, due to the obsession with looking perfect and disagreement with the image they see reflected in the mirror.

However, this obsession with plastic surgeries has a little known name in society and is called Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). This pathology produces an alteration of the personal image that can lead patients to undergo numerous cosmetic surgeries without being satisfied.

BDD is a complicated mental disorder to diagnose, it is characterized by the obsessive concern that an individual manifests for a physical characteristic that they perceive as a great defect without being it. Suffering from this symptomatology can lead to a deterioration of personal, social and work life.

It is for this reason that in the evaluation carried out by the certified plastic surgeon must always make a diagnosis of the psychological situation of the patient, in such a way that, if there are symptoms that suggest the possibility of a dysmorphic disorder, the patient must be referred to a psychiatric evaluation to confirm the diagnosis. In this sense, having surgery with a certified plastic surgeon and with adequate training will allow us to better identify this disorder and refer it to the indicated specialist.