A patient may have repeated cosmetic surgeries as an addictive behavior.

Patient selection: cosmetic surgery


Features of cosmetic surgery addiction may include:

(1) history of multiple cosmetic surgeries

(2) elevation of mood associated with the procedure

(3) depressed mood when unable to have a procedure

(4) no or minimal objective need for the procedure

(5) contact with multiple cosmetic surgeons


Concurrent findings may include:

(1) tanning addiction

(2) substance misuse

(3) body dysmorphic disorder

(4) depression and/or anxiety

(5) exercise dependency


A person addicted to cosmetic surgery is more likely:

(1) to show dissatisfaction following a procedure

(2) to become disfigured as a result of the procedures

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