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Celebrity Obsessions: Plastic Surgery Gone Too Far

Celebrity Obsessions: Plastic Surgery Gone Too Far


It is no secret that over the past decade cosmetic surgery has become increasingly popular. While once reserved for women, many men are now opting for cosmetic surgery procedures as well. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there has been a sixty-nine percent increase in cosmetic surgery procedures from 2000 to 2009. BOTOX® injections alone have increased five hundred and nine percent during that decade span.

Television dramas like Nip Tuck, and reality television like Extreme Makeover, Dr. 90210, and I Want a Famous Face are proliferating the use and ease of cosmetic surgery. Celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Joan Rivers, and more recently Heidi Montag have opened people's eyes to the reality of cosmetic surgery addiction. Just as individuals with anorexia and bulimia have body issues, so too do people obsessed with cosmetic surgery. All of these individuals suffer from a condition known as body dysmorphic disorder. What begins as insecurity can eventually manifest itself as body dysmophic disorder.

While cosmetic surgery is rampant in Hollywood, not every person who undergoes cosmetic surgery is an addict or abuser. Here are some celebrities that may have an issue with cosmetic surgery addiction and body dysmorphic disorder:

  • Heidi Montag
  • Michael Jackson
  • Joan Rivers
  • Jackie Stallone
  • Jocelyn "Cat Woman" Wildenstein
  • Janice Dickinson
  • Cher
  • Carrot Top
  • Donatella Versace
  • Melanie Griffith
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Micky Rourke
  • Katie Price
  • Kenny Rodgers

Body dysmorphic disorder affects both men and women equally. The onset of symptoms usually occurs during adolescence, when self image becomes more important. Body dysmorphic disorder is a psychiatric condition that can usually be treated through counseling and medication.

Cosmetic surgeons can and should be able to identify "troubled" patients during the initial consultation. Some signs to indicate a "troubled" patient would be:

  • Patients whom are impossible to please
  • Patients in crisis
  • Patients obsessed with a seemingly minor defect or flaw
  • Patients obsessed with "trying" the latest treatment
  • Obsession with celebrity plastic surgeries
  • Increased need to consult with different physicians or surgeons
  • Patients returning for the same procedure, though revision is unnecessary
  • Patients whom have a mental illness

A good cosmetic surgeon will not push you toward any unneeded procedures. There should never be a need to "sell" a patient on any cosmetic procedure.

Cosmetic surgery is not a cure-all for deep seeded emotional issues and scars. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there are two types of patients who undergo cosmetic surgery:

"There are patients who possess a strong self-image and would like to have a specific physical characteristic improved or changed, and there are those who have a physical defect or cosmetic flaw that has diminished their self-esteem over time."

As celebrities continue to strive for the "perfect" body image through cosmetic surgery, they are spawning a troop of clones and wannabes, all trying to copy their favorite celebrity. People are now undergoing cosmetic surgery in an attempt to look like their favorite celebrity. While trying to pattern your appearance after someone famous has always been a nuance of American culture, never before have the look-a-likes gone to such great lengths. Multiple cosmetic surgeries and "extreme makeovers" are now being undertaken in an attempt to look like the celebrity de jour.

As cosmetic surgery procedures become cheaper and more readily available, the trend toward cosmetic surgery will most likely continue. People are always looking for the easiest and quickest solutions to problems in their lives, and physical appearance is no different. As long as people have realistic expectations and are in good mental health, there is no reason why cosmetic surgery is not viable. However if the last decade is an indication, cosmetic surgery addiction and abuse may become more prevalent in the future.

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