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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can someone have body dysmorphic disorder without the desire to get a lot of plastic surgery?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Yes: Bdd can be associated with the desire for plastic surgery--of even more radical surgery intended to get rid of the offending body part. However, many simply feel "stuck" with what they perceive to be a disgusting or "ugly" feature and believes that explains various failures in life.
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Certainly: Yes. Bdd is essentially the excessive concern over what is percieved to be a relatively minor condition to the point of interfering with your daily functions. It does not necessarily mean that you will seek cosmetic surgery although estimates of anywhere from 15-60% of patients undergoing cosmetic surgery have been reported to have some degree of bdd.
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Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes : Body dysmorphic disorder like most “disorders” can present in a variety of forms. This diagnosis does not necessarily come with a “desire to get a lot of plastic surgery”. If you are concerned, best to seek mental health professional consultations with specialists in this field. Best wishes.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Can you have body dysmorphic disorder, without wanting to have plastic surgery?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 52 years experience
Of course: Dissatisfaction with one's body occurs at many levels and at many intensities. Consult your doctor for advice as to approaches to this problem. You don't need repetitive surgeries to fulfill the diagnostic criterion.
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