Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), or body dysmorphia, is a mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance. These flaws are often unnoticeable to others.
People of any age can have BDD, but it is most common in teenagers and young adults. It affects both men and women.
Having BDD does not mean you are vain or self-obsessed. It can be very upsetting and have a big impact on your life.
Symptoms of BDD
You might have BDD if you:
*worry a lot about a specific area of your body (particularly your face)
*spend a lot of time comparing your looks with other people’s
*look at yourself in mirrors a lot or avoid mirrors altogether
*go to a lot of effort to conceal flaws – for example, by spending a long time combing your hair, applying make-up or choosing clothes
*pick at your skin to make it “smooth”
Here at Aesthetics our in house qualified counsellor Laura Davies is able to assess this condition , as well as give you some practical tips on how to cope and manage it. It is known that patients who suffer from BDD seek Aesthetic treatments to help them feel better about themselves, when often the converse can happen.