A Skewed Perception of Yourself

Men and women who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) often see themselves in a different light than those around them.

Whenever an individual with BDD looks in the mirror, he/she sees flaws and imperfections that must be corrected in order to be more aesthetically pleasing. Usually, BDD patients turn to cosmetic plastic surgery in order to alter their appearance. Some of the most common procedures that are requested are nose surgery (“rhinoplasty”) and Botox ® injections. Near Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Steven J. Pearlman performs these facial procedures.

Typically, the first thing we see in the mirror is our face, which is why those who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder see imperfections in the facial features first. A slight bump on the nose, asymmetrical nostrils, or a slight curvature in the tip may seem like extreme disfigurations to the individual. In addition, fine lines, wrinkles, and creases may be more bothersome to those with BDD than others. While some patients may undergo a nasal procedure to correct minor unwanted features, there are also those who continue with a second, third, and even fourth procedure. Botox injections may also be overused in some patients; these individuals may not be satisfied unless they have eliminated every line on his/her face. However, as surgeons see these patients become more obsessed with their appearance, they may refer the patients to a mental health professional. Although the patients have undergone several procedures and appear “perfect” to others, he/she may have a skewed perception of him/herself.

If you would like further information regarding rhinoplasty surgery or Botox in New York, you may contact Dr. Pearlman at his office. During a consultation, he can help determine if you are an ideal candidate for this procedure and if you have realistic expectations.

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