According to a new study in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, (the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)), 33 percent of patients seeking rhinoplasty to improve their appearance, suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).
BDD is characterized by an above average concern about one’s physical appearance that interferes with daily life. The study states that symptoms of BDD are especially common in patients who have mental health issues or have previously undergone cosmetic surgery. Additionally, patients with the highest BDD symptom scores had a lower quality of life and experienced more problems in their daily lives such as their relationships and self-esteem.
The study surveyed 266 patients seeking rhinoplasty over a 16-month period. Compared to patients who were seeking nose jobs only for aesthetic reasons, only 2 percent of patients seeking rhinoplasty for medical reasons showed moderate-to-severe BDD symptoms.
So does that mean nose irregularities can make us more self-conscious than other body irregularities or maybe that people prone to suffer from BDD are more likely to focus on their nose? Either way, it’s interesting food for thought.
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