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how do i know if i am addicted to plastic surgery? i didn't realize it was something someone could get addicted to. is it a bad addiction?

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Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Addiction: Complicated question, but if a person finds that he/she is never quite satisfied with his/her appearance and is seeking frequent/multiple interventions or procedures, there may be a problem with “addiction”. Although I am not an addiction “specialist”, i would say that any type of addiction would be classified as “bad”. If you think you have a problem, there are mental health specialists to help.
Dr. Denis Winder
Plastic Surgery 58 years experience
Information: You know if you are having many procedures in short succession. Also if you are seeking prodecures for what seem to be monor problems. It is not a true addiction in the usual sense. Example seeking a facelift shortly after having one when it is not needed. Body dysmorphic disorder is a specific psychosis.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Body dismorphic: Body dismorphic disorder is a condition were the individual has an excessive concern about a perceived or minor defect in one's appearance ... To the extent that it disrupts daily life. If you are concerned, talk to your doctor.

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