Is Plastic Surgery Addiction Really a Thing?

shutterstock_113567197TV, the internet and social media are chock-full of cautionary tales of people who’ve taken plastic surgery too far and gone to extremes to change the way they look. Every year, thousands of people use plastic surgery in a healthy way to enhance their appearance and improve self-confidence. Unfortunately, many go down the path of becoming overly obsessed with their physical appearance and even become addicted to plastic surgery.

Identifying an Addiction

When a person incessantly obsesses over a perceived, and sometimes imagined, defect or flaw in their appearance, he or she may have body dysmorphic disorder and a plastic surgery addiction can sometimes be the result. Individuals with this mental illness often have multiple cosmetic procedures, however they generally have unrealistic expectations and are never satisfied with the results.

When Multiple Cosmetic Procedures Is Perfectly Healthy

Reading about plastic surgery addiction could easily lead you to believe that if you have multiple cosmetic procedures you must have an addiction. This simply is not true, and many people can have more than one procedure in a healthy and responsible way.

The natural progression of aging can often lead one to have multiple cosmetic procedures. For example, a woman may have a breast augmentation in her 20s, a tummy tuck in her 40s and a facelift in her 60s. Revisions and replacements can also necessitate multiple surgeries.

Carefully Consider Your Motivations

Before having plastic surgery, do a little soul searching and make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. Remember that the goal with plastic surgery should always be improvement rather than perfection.

Dr. Lee B. Daniel, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
244 Country Club Rd
Eugene OR   97401