Tell-tale signs of Plastic Surgery addiction

Many people opt for a single operation or even multiple operations to improve the appearance of their face or body, without becoming addicted to it.

They make the decision with a clear, contented state of mind and are realistic about the results and the affect that this will have on their life. And this is the healthy way to approach plastic surgery.

Others however may be using plastic surgery to avoid other psychological issues and by doing so may become addicted to it and have an unhealthy relationship with it. So how can you tell if your regular fixes are benevolent or the result of something more sinister?

1. You experience a buzz or a high after surgery that soon passes and leaves you with a feeling of discontentment

If you enjoy surgery because of the thrill it gives you which can then dissipate, despite the effects of surgery, then it could be a sign of an unhealthy addiction. In this case it is more about the act of having surgery rather than the results it gives you, which should be a warning sign that it’s more about your state of mind than your physical state.

2. You’’re always researching it and are the first to try out new plastic surgery trends

If you are constantly reading up about the latest techniques and fads with plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures it could mean you are obsessing over it too much. If you desire surgery for its own sake, rather than to improve something specific, then chances are you are taking it too far.

3. After you’’ve had some work done you suddenly notice a flaw somewhere else

After your op you may be pleased with the results but then move on to another real or perceived flaw, and head back to start the process again.

4. Have work repeated work on the same area

Alternatively you may be considering new work on the same area, imagining that it still needs improving upon in which case this, and the other signs, may be indicative of body dysmorphic disorder. Body dysmorphia is often the psychological root cause of plastic surgery addiction and it’s therefore psychological help rather than a physical solution that is really required.

A good plastic surgeon will be able to spot the signs of addiction and/or dysmorphia and will often suggest some form of therapy as a better alternative to more surgery.

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