August 14, 2022 | by Crouse Linwood

Plastic Surgery and the Rejection Factor

 

During consultation for plastic surgery, plastic surgeons dedicate time to discuss the reasons why the procedure is desired. Some people interested in plastic surgery voice that they would like to improve their appearance. This may involve altering a slight or significant imperfection. Others may wish to improve medical conditions, functionality or enhance quality of life in daily activities that are otherwise avoided. When the concerns are reasonable, plastic surgeons will perform plastic surgery. It is rare for people who see a plastic surgeon to have unreasonable concerns about their appearance. Yet, this may occur for some people afflicted with body dysmorphic disorder. Body dysmorphic disorder is characterized by unreasonably elevated concerns about minor physical flaws. Plastic surgeons screen for body dysmorphic disorder to reduce the risk of unnecessary surgery and re-operation. It is important to note that there is a difference between body dysmorphic disorder and seeking out plastic surgery to resolve rejection.

Plastic surgery is sought after to reduce the risk of rejection by some people. The Body Image published the results of a study in the June issue showing that people who experience rejection because of their appearance are more likely to be interested in plastic surgery. …