Generally people with body dysmorphic disorder will have a disproportionate angst over some specific element on their body aesthetically over what it should be. The people who have that don't generally think they have it, just like anorexics don't feel that they're thin and bulimics don't think they have a problem either.

What I'll see is an individual who's incredibly focused on a very subtle, if not nonexistent, imperfection, to the point of seeking help from all over the world and having multiple surgeries to correct it. And yet when I look, as a very discerning practicing professional, I cannot even determine what they're talking about. I have to backup and then start to ask some more prodding questions because it's my duty as a physician to try to help these people.

What Is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a serious mental affliction. Dr. Andrew Frankel discusses some tell-tale signs that a patient has BDD and why it's so important for plastic surgeons to detect this early.