You’ll be able to think of an example straight away... you know, those pictures of celebs who’ve had too much plastic surgery. Plastic surgery addiction is real. The more surgeries people have, the better they claim they feel.
But will heading for a breast augmentation lead you down a path to pursuing body perfection through repeated plastic surgeries?
It’s an ADDICTION
Addiction is such a strong word, bringing to mind drug or alcohol problems, but addictions come in many forms. I say I’m addicted to pizza (I really don’t feel like I could live without it!) but I’m not actually addicted.
Plastic surgery has become very normal in today’s society. It’s now so accepted that, apart from the hardcore haters, it’s pretty much seen as a normal approach to self improvement.
In the US, 1 in every 20 women have undergone breast augmentation surgery!
But the search for ‘perfect’ beauty can be lead some down a dark path... and it can sometimes get very (and I mean very) ugly.
Without question, plastic surgery can become addictive. It really does feel AMAZING when you get great results and your body confidence soars. People get hooked on this rush, or high, of feeling good about their body.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to feel comfortable in your own skin. If you have body confidence issues surgery can seem like a great way to ‘fix’ any troublesome parts of your body that diet and exercise alone haven’t helped.
The reality of it is, for some people the self body shaming doesn’t end when they go under the knife.
It's All In Your Head
If you can’t stop, the problem is not your body, it’s your head. An obsession or compulsion to change our body or face through repeated surgical procedures is most often due to an underlying mental or emotional issue.
One example is a condition called Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).
I won’t get into this as I am no expert, but I’ve read that people with BDD believe that parts of their body are abnormal (which those without BDD wouldn’t even bat an eyelid at) and it's a compulsion to correct those perceived abnormalities that drives them to get repeated surgical procedures.
Talk To Someone If...
This doesn’t mean that if you hate your boobs when they’re deflated after breast feeding that you have BDD. Or that breast implant upgrading or revision is anything to worry about.
However, If you’re on a constant quest for body perfection (and by this I mean that you’re planning your next surgery before you’ve recovered from the one before it) you definitely need to seek some help.
All plastic surgeons should be screening their patients at the initial consultation to make sure they’re physically AND mentally prepared for surgery. Your surgeon should understand your psychological as well as emotional desires and will only proceed if he or she is happy that surgery will give you the outcome you desire.
Have Realistic Expectations
Try and feel reassured that most people who get breast implants are satisfied and their cosmetic surgery journey ends there.
If you feel like you have more than one troublesome spot set goals and make a plan. Pick an endpoint of where you want your body to be (and how you’re going to get there) so you can prepare for how you’re going to look when you get there.
Be realistic and take your time making decisions. It's the job of the plastic surgeon and you as the patient to make sound decisions together, so make sure you run your plans past your surgeon.
Here's the bottom line: before you head in to surgery (and even, before you make your decision to get surgery) be sure your reason for doing this is to improve your body and happiness. And, accept that perfection doesn't exist.
There is no such thing as the perfect body or face.
It’s your accomplishments in life, not your appearance, that makes you who you are. If you find yourself feeling like you’re on a quest for body perfection, halt your journey and go and chat to a professional.
And remember... getting breast implants will only amplify the beauty that you already find in yourself.
Thoughts from Dr. Glenn DavisWe know that in practice, having a breast augmentation alone will not lead to an addiction to plastic surgery. The concept of getting addicted to plastic surgery is something that has been sensationalized by the media to an extent.
In the end, it is your surgeon's responsibility to only offer a surgery if it would truly improve upon something, and it's important to be sure that you're on the same page in setting expectations for results after surgery.