How do you see yourself? As they say, a mirror reflects the truth. But sometimes, it toys with our perception of who we are and sometimes falls to depths far below reality.

The physical self is the most tangible proof of one’s existence and people use it or manipulate it to reach their goals, whatever they may be. Case in point are South Koreans who have their nation almost synonymous to cosmetic surgery, having the highest rate of the surgical cosmetic procedures per capita in the world, and this is regardless of sex. Then there is Iran which was once named as the country with the highest rate of rhinoplasty with as many as 200,000 women who have reduced the size of their noses and have made their tips point upwards. Though the latter was built on a need that was suppressed by religion and culture, the other is purely motivated by the idea of having the perfect face. So perfect that they encounter airport problems because of their unrecognizable pictures side by side their newly created faces.

What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

And when the mirror does not show the image you want, the perceived flaws are magnified into proportions that drive you to obsessive behavior. This is the Body Dysmorphic Disorder. The cliché that nobody is perfect is completely lost on someone who is afflicted with this condition. It is normal for one to worry about the imperfections even every single day. But, the negativity takes over the little logic that is left and it blocks all positive support from well meaning family members and friends successfully. For some, this leads to resorting to cosmetic surgery to correct perceived flaws that are never needed in the first place. And that is just the surface.


You will recognize the hapless victims with their telltale signs, which include intrusive preoccupation with the perceived flaw that is usually minor by other people’s standards. In most cases, the target body parts are the hair nose, skin, stomach or chest.

More often than not, individuals who have Body Dysmorphic Disorder or BDD are emotionally disturbed, sometimes incapable of functioning like the other members of society. As a consequence, self-esteem plunges and socializing turns nill as these create big problems at home, school or at work. Related behavioral changes become pretty obvious and they include hiding of the flaw with anything they can do or get their hands on, excessive grooming and exercising, incessant comparison of themselves to others, and the insatiable need to undergo surgery.

Experts say that BDD is caused by a combination of environmental and biological factors, like serotonin that malfunctioned, personality traits, and personal life experiences. BDD usually starts during the vulnerable teenage years and equally affects both sexes.

BDD Icons

To those who do not have it, the behavior is really fascinating and has created voyeurs out of those who casually glance at the headlines and celebrities who have the disorder.

Human Barbie Ukranian model Valeria Lukyanova is famous for her great semblance to the iconic doll and seems to be still in denial after claiming that the only surgery she had was a boob job, even if her previous social media posts reveal otherwise. She desperately explains that her insane daily workout, coupled with a diet that is all liquid, are the secrets to her fantastic look.

If there is a human Barbie, a human Ken is not to be left behind. Justin Jedlica has been very proud of his 90 surgeries that totally manufactured him into a real-life Ken for the staggering amount of $100,000. Among the procedures he has underwent include rhinoplasty, arms, abs and buttocks. In fact, Jedlica has revealed in a Daily Mail UK article that he want to be 100 percent plastic and has no body part left untouched. This obsession with cosmetic surgery has led him to be featured in E! Online show Botched.

Nobody is “purrfect,” but Jocelyn Wildenstein has achieved the perfect cat look that earned her the well-deserved “catwoman” monicker. What started as a desperate move to win back her man by copying the big cats that he loved, quickly led to cosmetic surgery that has cost a staggering $4 million, encompassing face-lifts, facial surgery, eye reconstruction surgery and collagen injections to the other parts of her face.

Not to be left behind, Asia has its very own Hang Mioku from Korea, now 50 who was a former model until she started using cooking oil as facial fillers. Aiming for smoother skin addiction to plastic surgery began at the age of 25, leading her to her method that terribly disfigured her face. Her face has been completely destroyed that doctors were not able to bring back her once beautiful face.

Urgent Surgery Consultation

To avoid the extremes that were mentioned, pre-surgery consultation is the most important step of any surgical cosmetic procedure. Knowing what one is getting into eases the nerves and sets accurate expectations for those who decide to go under the knife. This is the game changer and with the right doctor, the procedures shall be given without any hitches and the patient becomes absolutely satisfied.

As such, research needs to be done on the procedure and the doctor who shall perform it. Accreditations and other professional records would be a good place to start. Other small, but important points to consider would be the appearance of the doctor and the clinic, how professional and welcoming the patient is treated, and the confidence that is gained after the consultation. Last, but not the least, would be knowing the financial repercussions of the procedure as many of them require maintenance and probably future surgeries to maintain the desired look.

Handling Unrealistic Expecations

A board certified surgeon from Australia will never operate on a patient with unrealistic expectations or goals. This is to avoid the higher risk of psychological problems that go with cosmetic surgeries. Such doctors would be able to recognize BDD in an instant. The only solution is to professionally discourage such patients by advising them to seek counseling first. Simple as it may sound, most BDD patients are in denial of their condition and would never seek professional help.

As far as treating BDD is concerend, medication and psychotherapy can do the trick. Cognitive-behavioral therapy and selective reuptake inhibitors are the first line of defense. At the end of the day, it is a mental condition that just needs a little rewiring of the brain, and a good shot on the arm. And good and credible surgeons are absolutely aware of this.

For those who are bent on really getting their dream bodies or faces, consider your surgeries and treat them as points of no return because as you hit the different milestones of your life, the easier it becomes to realize the outer self is just a reflection of the beauty from within. It is always important to remember that cosmetic surgery, whether rhinoplasty or full-flown facelift, is not to achieve perfection but to enhance the natural beauty that is already there.

If you are searching for rhinoplasty and double eyelid surgery doctor in Australia, Dr. Andrew Kim of Advance Beauty Cosmetic Surgery will carefully assess your realistic expectations and provide you with treatment that result in satisfying outcome.

Dr. Kim puts high value in the importance of a thorough consultation and ensures your safety and wellbeing as a patient. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Kim, simply fill-out our inquiry form today!