Thank you for your question. Unfortunately the scenario you are describing suggests that this patient is an inappropriate candidate for cosmetic surgery.
Would You Do Implants for Someone Who Suffered from BDD and Removed Her Own Implants After Recovery from That Disorder?
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Inappropriate Cosmetic Surgical Candidate
Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Breast Implants
Plastic surgeons typically do not operate on patients with a diagnosis of BDD, but I do not presume to be an expert on the disorder or its treatment.
The answer is NO. I would not operate on this patient. I have to agree with the post below. A "non surgeon" who would remove their own implants, has not recovered from BBD.
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Any non-surgeon who "removes their own implants" is not fully recovered from their BDD. So, I would decline to operate on this person.
I doubt that you are recovered from BDD. It is long lasting, perhaps you are slightly better, but I would not take the risk. Why should I take your problem and make it mine.
Breast Augmentation for Patients with History of Body Dysmorphic Disorder?
Thank you for the question.
It depends. If the patient has “recovered” from the body dysmorphic disorder ( as documented by her psychiatrist) and fits the usual criteria for being a good candidate for the procedure ( otherwise healthy, self-motivated, possess realistic expectations, is psycho socially and financially stable…) then I would definitely be willing to proceed.
I hope this helps.
Body Dismorphic Disorder
BDD is complicated in regards to plastic surgery. Taking out you own implants is extreme and dangerous beyond belief. I don't believe you ever really recover completely from this disorder. I would have to have a long talk with your psychiatrist to even consider it. Your life is more important than the size of your breasts.
Talmage Raine MD FACS
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