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Can you have body dysmorphic disorder, without wanting to have plastic surgery?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
There are plenty of people who look in the mirror and see themselves as fat when they are medically underweight and malnourished.
This is just one type of patient with body dysmorphic disorder. These people don't necessarily want plastic surgery.

In brief: Yes
There are plenty of people who look in the mirror and see themselves as fat when they are medically underweight and malnourished.
This is just one type of patient with body dysmorphic disorder. These people don't necessarily want plastic surgery.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
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Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Like any body image ( or psychiatric) is disorder, there are a wide variety of presentations.
It is quite conceivable that a person can have a irrationally negative view about a body part(s) but not wish surgical intervention. Consultation with psychiatrists well-versed in treatment of these disorders can be very helpful. Best wishes.

In brief: Yes
Like any body image ( or psychiatric) is disorder, there are a wide variety of presentations.
It is quite conceivable that a person can have a irrationally negative view about a body part(s) but not wish surgical intervention. Consultation with psychiatrists well-versed in treatment of these disorders can be very helpful. Best wishes.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Dr. Tom Pousti
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Dr. Adam Schaffner
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Absolutely
Yes, you can have body dysmorphic disorder without wanting to have plastic surgery.
One is not dependent on the other.

In brief: Absolutely
Yes, you can have body dysmorphic disorder without wanting to have plastic surgery.
One is not dependent on the other.
Dr. Adam Schaffner
Dr. Adam Schaffner
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
In brief: Yes
Bdd may mainfest as bulemia, purging, execessive exercising, excessive or restrictive dieting, without wanting plastic surgery.

In brief: Yes
Bdd may mainfest as bulemia, purging, execessive exercising, excessive or restrictive dieting, without wanting plastic surgery.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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