Psychological Impacts of plastic surgery

Channel: Fox 26
Aired On: January 26th, 2019

Dr. Sami visited Fox 26 to discuss the psychiatric condition known as body dysmorphia and how it relates to children, bullying, and social media.

The eyes are a central part of the face and receive a lot of focus. Plastic surgery is a personal choice relating to self-esteem and self-confidence, and so eyelid ptosis (drooping eyelids) often drives people to seek plastic surgery.

During consultations, patients in their 20s and 30s talk about having been bullied, and parents bring in children before bullying happens in order to prevent it.

But bullying does not always relate to body dysmorphic disorder, which is more about the flaws that the individual perceives but no one else does. Only 1 to 2 percent of the general population has body dysmorphic disorder, but of those seeking plastic surgery, 10 to 12 percent have it. These patients often continue to come in for more aesthetic procedures after their first procedure has been performed.

In consultations with adult patients and with children who have congenital ptosis, Dr. Sami gives all the options and discusses what else can be done to improve self-esteem from a psychological perspective. In many cases, seeking psychiatric help can help make a procedure unnecessary.