Would You Do Implants for Someone Who Suffered from BDD and Removed Her Own Implants After Recovery from That Disorder?

Doctor Answers 8

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.

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 492 reviews

BBD Patient

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.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

BDD patient

Any non-surgeon who "removes their own implants" is not fully recovered from their BDD.  So, I would decline to operate on this person.

Thomas Fiala, MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 79 reviews


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.

William B. Rosenblatt, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,488 reviews

Inappropriate Cosmetic Surgical Candidate

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately the scenario you are describing suggests that this patient is an inappropriate candidate for cosmetic surgery.

George Bitar, MD
Fairfax Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

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


Talmage J. Raine, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

BDD patient

No, NEVER. Removing one's own implants reflects a very severe disorder whIch warrants psychiatric treatment. Such a patient should not be considered a surgical candidate.

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

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