Non-surgical medical cosmetic treatments may be sought by people suffering from Body Dysmorphic Disorder or BDD, a condition for which Non-Surgical Medical Cosmetic Doctors and Nurses should screen when conducting a full consultation prior to treatment.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a body image problem: a preoccupation with perceived defects in appearance which other people can hardly notice, or consider unimportant, along with significant distress or handicap in at least one area of one’s life. Surgical or Non-Surgical Medical Cosmetic treatment will not correct the image concerns, as the way a person with BDD sees themselves is distorted: a negative self image is symptom of their anxiety and not the cause of it.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is actually an anxiety disorder, the anxiety and negative beliefs a sufferer holds about themselves provokes their obsession with their appearance, it is the anxiety and not the appearance which needs to be treated. BDD can be very debilitating affecting employment and relationships, it can cause a person to avoid certain social situations or feel very self conscious or be compelled to repeat time consuming behaviours such as checking their appearance in mirrors or reflective surfaces or compulsively feeling or picking their skin to make it smooth.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder affects men and women equally, usually developing in adolescence.Body Dysmorphic Disorder The actual cause is not known, there may be a genetic predisposition, it could be due to bullying, abuse or low self esteem, or may be related to unrealistic expectations or the seeking of perfection in ones appearance. The condition is associated with clinical depression, social phobia and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD): it is not vanity. People with Body Dysmorphic Disorder often seek repeated surgical and non-surgical medical cosmetic treatment, treatments which do not give any satisfaction or relief: psychological or psychiatric treatment for anxiety disorder would lead to better outcomes.
Recommended treatments include cognitive behaviour therapy and certain (serotonergic) anti-depressants. Anti-depressants help people with BDD even including those who are not suffering with depression. It is my professional responsibility and duty of care to refuse to provide a treatment when I believe it may be of no benefit, or even cause complications. Non-Surgical Medical Cosmetic treatment is not available on demand although there will be Doctors, Nurses and others willing to take money from vulnerable sufferers of Body Dysmorphic Disorder desperately seeking treatment.
If you think you or any one you know may be affected by Body Dysmorphic Disorder don’t be afraid to contact your GP or get in touch with me, I will help you to find support and treatment.
I do not charge for this service and will be glad to help, just call Chérie Scanlon RGN NIP BSc(Hons) 01253 738979 / 07787686253 or email: [email protected]