Why people get addicted to plastic surgery

Why people get addicted to plastic surgery

29th Jan 2021

Being preoccupied with self-image is considered normal and healthy in modern day society. People try to look better, eat better, live a healthier life, and sustain a youthful appearance for as long as possible. This is not something that happened in the last few years but has been a frequent concern of people since time immemorial.

Plastic surgery has developed tremendously in the last few decades, and nowadays we can easily do things that our ancestors couldn’t even think of. However, at the same time, there are people who have developed an unhealthy fixation on perfection and are resorting to plastic surgery for this.

Despite common belief, people don’t get addicted to plastic surgery after they have one or a few sessions. People get addicted to plastic surgery because they are suffering from a psychological disorder. The name is Body Dysmorphic Disorder and is a rare condition that can be quite debilitating as it affects all aspects of personal, social and professional life. Patients suffering from this disorder tend to obsess over little details or barely visible imperfections that other people wouldn’t even notice. They feel their whole lives are dependent on fixing that imperfection and often go through drastic efforts to resort to plastic surgery. 

But plastic surgery is not a tool that we should use in our quest for perfection. The human body is perfect in its natural asymmetries that not even the hands of a talented plastic surgeon can make perfectly symmetrical. We’ll always have an arm longer than the other and the ears can be different, the breasts are almost always asymmetric, and so on. It is important to understand that we shouldn’t put ourselves under a magnifying glass and look for flaws or imperfections, but accept ourselves for who we are and resort to plastic surgery only when we have a strong medical indication for it.

In a vast majority of cases, patients who get addicted to plastic surgery are suffering from Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and this condition can’t be treated with surgery or by improving the physical appearance of the patient. In most cases, patients are never happy with the results of the procedure they undergo, and almost immediately they schedule more procedures. Many times, they can also resort to illegal and harmful solutions to enhance their body. Also, repeated surgical procedures in the same area despite achieving a standard and successful result are common for these kinds of patients. 

The addiction to plastic surgery is just as damaging for the patient as any other type of addiction. It is important for the plastic surgeon, as well as family members and friends, to advise the patient to look for professional help and counseling. In many cases, these patients end up having too many plastic surgery procedures and a botched appearance. The tissues of the body can only have so much work done on them. The more we address one area, the more chances to achieve botched results.

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