Cosmetic Surgery Addiction

Cosmetic surgery falls into two categories, the fist provides a valuable procedure commonly referred to as reconstructive plastic surgery in which various techniques of this procedure are used to restore or correct the appearance and in some cases function of a part of the body. Often this is carried out in cases of disease, congenital irregularities or as a result of an accident

For the purpose of considering some of the issues involved in cosmetic surgery addiction, this article will focus on procedures covering cosmetic plastic surgery such as : -

  • Facelift
  • Tummy tuck
  • Breast augmentation (not due to breast reconstruction following cancer)
  • Brazilian butt lift surgery
  • Botox procedures

Whilst cosmetic surgery has made a profound and positive difference to many people’s lives, others have unwittingly  become addicted to various forms of cosmetic treatment. This has prompted much in-depth research by medical professionals to help identify the causes and risks associated with repeatedly undergoing cosmetic procedures. Professionally known in medical terms as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) the condition has been defined as a psychiatric disorder of people with a developed addiction to cosmetic surgery who wish to continually alter their appearance.

Like so many other addictions its use and continued dependency is escalated when the participant in the surgery fails to be satisfied with the initial cosmetic result and seeks more and more treatments to satisfy their desire to improve their appearance. This  desire is often driven  by a delusional obsession with the looks of a famous persons that they perceive as more desirous to their own. With millions of cosmetic procedures being carried out each year and a proliferation of social media influencers posting before and after images of surgery, it t becomes difficult for many to define where  to draw a line between just wanting to gain self-confidence and an overwhelming need for perfection?

Very often the person who becomes addicted to cosmetic surgery will often have underlying insecurity about how they look and how others perceive them. Whilst this is quite normal for adolescents who occasionally feel these emotions, for some these perceptions are carried well into their adult lives. When these feelings are underpinned by low self-esteem and the initial euphoria of their first procedure wears off, they may decide to seek further treatments to correct what they wrongly see as some other  flaw in their appearance. This will inevitably lead to a cycle of continued dissatisfaction and further surgery. For many their addiction will result in huge debt and loans which can take years to repay. Worse still, the addict may result to dishonest means to feed their desire for further surgeries resulting in the loss of their livelihood or even their arrest and conviction for criminal offences.

Here at Addictions Away, we help you to explore and identify the reasons behind your cosmetic surgery addiction  and understand more clearly your emotional dependency on it to cope with life’s ups and downs. This will allow us to deliver the most appropriate form of therapy tailored to your unique circumstances.  Throughout your entire journey on the road to recovery our fully qualified and registered therapist will work closely alongside you, thus ensuring the best possible outcome. We offer confidential on-line and in person therapy services regulated by The British Standards Authority, provided at one of our therapy suites located throughout North Wales and Cheshire.