Nose Job Patients May Have Mental Illness
This is staggering. Why, if this is true, is plastic surgery not being closed down as a profession? One third? One third?
Why is this acceptable that people with a serious and debilitating - but treatable - mental illness are being "treated" by plastic surgeons instead of getting proper care?
"The findings are based on a study of 266 patients evaluated by plastic surgeons in Belgium over a 16-month period. The patients made appointments to discuss a rhinoplasty procedure and were given a questionnaire to assess their symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder. Among those seeking the procedure for medical reasons — to correct a breathing problem, for example — only 2 percent of patients exhibited symptoms of the disorder. But among patients seeking to change their noses for cosmetic reasons, 43 percent showed signs of the disorder, expressing an unreasonable preoccupation and distress about their bodies despite having noses that were relatively normal. Over all, 33 percent of patients in the study showed symptoms of the disorder."