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13 August 2010

Surgery worsens body image

A new study finds that while many who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) seek cosmetic procedures, only 2% of procedures actually reduced the severity.

A new study finds that while many who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) seek cosmetic procedures, only 2% of procedures actually reduced the severity.

Despite this poor long-term outcome, physicians continue to provide requested surgeries to people suffering from BDD. The study was published in Annals of Plastic Surgery.

The researchers found that the most common surgical procedures sought were rhinoplasty and breast augmentation, while the most common minimally invasive treatments were collagen injections and microdermabrasion.

Three quarters of all the requested procedures involved facial features. The findings also indicate that more than a third of patients received multiple procedures.

 
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