Cosmetic surgery addiction is a phrase that we all hear often to be discussed and is a subject that attracts the attention of many scientists and researches. And the basic question raised is: “When does a desire for cosmetic surgery cross the line between a desire to look better and an insatiable need to attain perfection?” The distinction between normality and disorder regarding plastic surgery is crucial in order to define addiction in relation to normal need for image change.
The last decade, cosmetic surgery has increased dramatically since continuously more and more people find plastic surgery to be the best and easiest solution to improve physical disadvantages on their appearance. There are several types of plastic surgery that an individual can have but some types seem to be most frequent and popular according to some statistical researches, such as breast-chest size surgery, facial features, and male pattern hair loss and muscularity surgery. For example, millions of women every year sought augmentation cosmetic surgery to enlarge breast size, and increasingly, men are opting for pectoral implants to expand their chests.
Cosmetic surgery is a very popular avenue for personal enhancement, as demonstrated by the 11.9 million cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. alone in 2004. As for any operation, cosmetic procedures involve risk, and should therefore not be undertaken lightly. (Barlow, Durand, 2005). Of course, for someone to consider plastic surgery as a solution, a level of dissatisfaction regarding his/her own appearance should exists. The level which an individual concerns, the level which he/she is being preoccupied for his/her appearance and the level of dissatisfaction experienced is the point where normality and disorder differ. Addiction in plastic surgeries is considered to be the negative outcome of a disorder that belongs to Somatoform Disorders called Body Dysmorphic Disorder and therefore it is not the merely desire...