Here's some news
on the always popular body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) front. The journal European Psychiatry
published an article
suggesting that...cosmetic surgery doesn't help patients with this problem. In other words, if you have a pathological sense that you're ugly, surgery to correct a "minimal defect" will not improve self-esteem or happiness. This despite the fact that most such patients report that they're satisfied with their results.
Not terribly shocking.
The authors speculate that:
Patients' declared satisfaction with surgery may contribute to explain why some plastic surgeons may not fully adhere to the contraindication of cosmetic surgery in BDD.
That's one interpretation. How about the fact that surgeons get hugely compensated for such operations and they don't have to bill insurance companies? It's cash on the barrelhead.
Labels: Capitalism, Cosmetic Surgery, Ethics, Health Care Economics