Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

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Cosmetic Surgery Adverts and Love Island Reality TV, a Toxic Mix?

Cosmetic Surgery Adverts and Love Island Reality TV, a Toxic Mix?

Recently we have seen a backlash in the media against the reality TV programme Love Island for its portrayal of modern beauty ideals which are said to increase body image pressures amongst young women and children. Moreover, the biggest complaint came about the inclusion of adverts for cosmetic surgery clinics within the scheduled programming.

Love the skin you are in - managing Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

Life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows though, unfortunately, and the culprit is a psychological disorder known as ‘BDD’ – Body Dysmorphic Disorder. For many medical professionals, patients with BDD are recognised by the significant emotional distress that they attribute to an imagined or minor physical irregularity.

Are you comfortable in your perfect imperfection!?

On a daily basis, we are faced with air-brushed images of male and female perfection. As a result of this, we are obviously all becoming more critical when we look into the mirror.

Why appearance is not just skin deep

There is a common misconception that people who choose to have cosmetic surgery are superficially concerned with their appearance but how we view our looks on the outside can have a drastic effect on how we feel on the inside and impact upon our health mentally, psychologically and sometimes even physically.

Is cosmetic surgery counselling a must?

Specifically trained cosmetic surgery counsellors would make a valuable addition to the forthcoming patient safety regulations resulting from the Keogh Review.

Cosmetic Surgery for the Soul? The Role of the Surgeon as Counsellor

Cosmetic or plastic surgery can provide the outer, aesthetic icing on the cake. It can improve self confidence. But it cannot actually alter who you are: or the external forces in your life before or after. That is why the role of any great surgeon is far more than just as medic or even artiste; the best Consultant Surgeons are great Counsellors too.