Imagine looking into the mirror and seeing something other than what’s actually there. While this sounds like it could be something out of a funhouse, it’s a terrifying reality for many, according to Dra. Yily De Los Santos.
Dra. Yily De Los Santos explains that body dysmorphic disorder is more than just feeling like your appearance is flawed. According to the plastic surgeon, body dysmorphic disorder involves becoming obsessed on these so-called flaws, unable to focus on other aspects of your appearance – or even your life.
Dra. Yily De Los Santos takes care to ensure that the patients she treats in her plastic surgery practice are not suffering from body dysmorphic disorder. She carefully screens her patients to ensure that they’re seeking plastic surgery for the right reasons. According to Dra. Yily De Los Santos, people who have body dysmorphic disorder are never satisfied with the work of their plastic surgeon. Dra. Yily De Los Santos says that people with body dysmorphic disorder often bounce from one plastic surgeon to the next, constantly trying to find someone willing to continue to alter their body.
Some people who have body dysmorphic disorder feel temporarily relieved after a plastic surgery procedure, according to Dra. Yily De Los Santos. This satisfaction is never long-lasting. Over a few weeks following the procedure, patients either begin to focus on their issue once again or even find a new issue that they feel needs to be fixed.
Some popular reality television shows focus on some people’s addiction to plastic surgery – most people who suffer from this type of disorder are likely also suffering from body dysmorphic disorder, according to Dra. Yily De Los Santos. She says that the need to get procedure after procedure, never feeling satisfied with the final result is a clear sign that the brain is not properly interpreting what’s actually seen on the body.
According to Dra. Yily De Los Santos, there are many signs of body dysmorphic disorder, including avoiding social situations, being a perfectionist in other areas of life, constantly trying to hide perceived issues with appearance through trying new makeup and/ or hairstyles, seeking the approval of others when it comes to appearance, and/ or having a strong belief of being ugly or deformed.
For people who have body dysmorphic disorder, there is no plastic surgery procedure that will make them happy with their appearance, according to Dra. Yily De Los Santos. Plastic surgeons need to have a solid understanding of the disorder, otherwise, they could be putting their patients in danger. According to Dra. Yily De Los Santos, patients who have body dysmorphic disorder may put their health at risk due to having multiple procedures in a short time period. In order for patients to stay safe, plastic surgeons need to be aware of the disorder.