It's more than just being obsessed with your appearance.
BDD is a mental disorder that's characterized by obsessive thinking with a perceived defect in one's physical appearance and goes far beyond concern about the way one looks. When someone is in a BDD spiral, they will stop at nothing to get it corrected and their obsession can affect their relationships, jobs, and anything meaningful in their lives.
Beverly Hills certified plastic surgeon Dr. Renato Calabria says, "BDD often goes under diagnosed not only by psychiatrists but by plastic surgeons as well. Many patients suffering from BDD (about two percent of population) seek plastic surgery to correct physical defects that are trivial or aren't even there, and can become addicted to plastic surgery."
Unfortunately, if you can afford to have multiple surgeries and procedures like Lil Kim, you can find someone to perform them.
"Plastic surgeons are sometimes reluctant to turn down patients seeking unnecessary cosmetic procedures, and often these patients go from doctor to doctor seeking a perfect image of themselves which isn't achievable," Dr. Calabria says. "A good plastic surgeon is someone who can say no."
BDD obsessions can be about anything including moles and freckles being too noticeable, acne, minor scars, too much facial or body hair, too little hair on the head, size and shape of genitalia, breast size, muscle size (also known as Muscle Dysmorphia or Bigorexia), and overall size, shape or symmetry of the face or another body part.
Here are you or someone you know may suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
1. You excessively think about your appearance.
Excessively is at least an hour a day.
2. You spend a lot of time staring in the mirror or any reflective surface.
And you fixate on your flaws for long stretches of time.
3. Or you avoid mirrors.
You can't look at yourself because it's too painful.
4. You wear a lot of makeup.
This is so you can try to cover up the affected area.
5. You do certain activities over and over again.
You're constantly shaving, combing your hair and doing other grooming activities.
6. You're highly critical of the way other people look.
7. You're an extreme dieter.
Most people would consider you thin or underweight, but you still look overweight to yourself.
8. You workout too much.
You sometimes go back to the gym three or four times a day.
9. You avoid getting your picture taken.
You don't want evidence of your defects.
10. You seek reassurance.
You repeatedly ask others to tell you that you look OK.
11. You make a lot of appointments with medical professionals.
You not only see cosmetic surgeons, but dermatologists, too.
12. You've repeated plastic surgery and medical procedures.
No matter how many things you've done, you're never satisfied.
13. You're compulsive with your skin picking.
You're constantly using your fingernails to remove blemishes and/or hair.
14. You try to avoid social situations.
15. You keep your compulsions to yourself.
You want everything that you're going through to be a secret because you're ashamed.
16. You have emotional problems.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder isn't just a mental illness that actors or models get; it's a very serious disorder that can seriously affect someone's life.