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Can a person with body dysmorphia in their past ever have plastic surgery?

11 doctors weighed in
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In brief: Yes

It depends on the severity of the disorder, when it occurred, and what has transpired in the past years.

In brief: Yes

It depends on the severity of the disorder, when it occurred, and what has transpired in the past years.
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
The disorder can be treated. A psychiatrist would be the first type of physician from whom to seek treatment. If the disorder is successfully treated, it is possible to proceed at some point with plastic surgery.
Dr. Adam Schaffner
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, it is possible

Yes, it is possible for a person with body dysmorphic disorder to have plastic surgery.
It would be advisable to involve the patient's mental health professional (e.g., psychiatrist) to ensure that the patient is optimized and ready to have plastic surgery.

In brief: Yes, it is possible

Yes, it is possible for a person with body dysmorphic disorder to have plastic surgery.
It would be advisable to involve the patient's mental health professional (e.g., psychiatrist) to ensure that the patient is optimized and ready to have plastic surgery.
Dr. Adam Schaffner
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Dr. Thomas Lintner
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Body dysmorphia

Yes, they can have plastic surgery but it will not resolve the problem. Persons with this disorder don't see themselves as they truly are and a breast aug or lipo won't change that.
Better to address issue then, if an area can be addressed and improved upon in a healthy way then get plastic surgery.

In brief: Body dysmorphia

Yes, they can have plastic surgery but it will not resolve the problem. Persons with this disorder don't see themselves as they truly are and a breast aug or lipo won't change that.
Better to address issue then, if an area can be addressed and improved upon in a healthy way then get plastic surgery.
Dr. Thomas Lintner
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Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Yes, but...

If, and only if, body dysmorphia has been fully treated by well experienced psychiatrists in the field should a plastic surgeons consider proceeding with surgery.
In my practice, i would need to communicate directly with the psychiatrist involved. If in doubt, much better not to proceed. Best wishes.

In brief: Yes, but...

If, and only if, body dysmorphia has been fully treated by well experienced psychiatrists in the field should a plastic surgeons consider proceeding with surgery.
In my practice, i would need to communicate directly with the psychiatrist involved. If in doubt, much better not to proceed. Best wishes.
Dr. Tom Pousti
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