BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER AND PLASTIC SURGERY

Although not common, as an Orange County plastic surgeon, I have to be aware of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) amongst my patients. BDD is defined in the DSM-IV-TR (psychiatric classification) as: Preoccupation with an imagined defect in appearance.  If a slight physical anomaly is present, the person’s concern is markedly excessive. The preoccupation causes clinically…