Study: Surgeries don't improve body image for most BDD patients

08/12/2010 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Some people who seek numerous cosmetic surgeries have a psychological condition called body dysmorphic disorder, according to multiple studies. Surgical and nonsurgical procedures do little to improve the mental condition of most patients, the results of one study of 200 people diagnosed with the disorder showed. The researchers advise surgeons "to be aware that psychiatric treatments for BDD such as serotonin reuptake inhibitors and cognitive behavioral therapy appear to be effective for what can be a debilitating disorder."

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