Complications that body dysmorphic disorder may cause or be associated with include:

  • Unnecessary medical procedures, especially cosmetic surgery
  • Social phobia and social isolation
  • Lack of close relationships
  • Difficulty attending work or school
  • Low self-esteem
  • Repeated hospitalizations
  • Depression or other mood disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance abuse

Cosmetic procedures

While it may seem that a procedure to fix your perceived flaw is a good option, skin (dermatologic) procedures, cosmetic surgery, dentistry or other approaches usually don't relieve the stress and shame of body dysmorphic disorder. You may not perceive the results you hoped for, or you may simply begin obsessing about another aspect of your appearance and seek out more procedures.

May. 09, 2013