The Dysmorphic Patient

Patients with dysmorphism are those obsessively preoccupied with real or imaginary defects. They may even take the mirror to point out a defect that has not been noted by the physician. In general, those defects are minor but are perceived by them to be disfiguring. The inability to deal with unavoidable scars is also a warning that dissatisfaction may arise after the cosmetic procedure. Some patients do have a real psychiatric or emotional disorder. Patients with borderline personality, obsessive-compulsive, and narcissistic disorders should be avoided.

The physician should decline any patient that

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Baker TJ (1978) Patient selection and psychological evaluation. Clin Plast Surg 5(1)3-14 Katez P (1991) The dissatisfied patient. Plast Surg Nurs 11(1):13-16

Lewis CM et al. (1983) Patient selection and patient satisfaction. Clin Plast Surg 10(2)321-332 Sarwer DB (1997) The "obsessive" cosmetic surgery patient: a consideration of body image dissatisfaction and body dysmorphic disorder. Plast Surg Nurs 17(4):193-197, 209

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Chapter 3

How To Reduce Acne Scarring

How To Reduce Acne Scarring

Acne is a name that is famous in its own right, but for all of the wrong reasons. Most teenagers know, and dread, the very word, as it so prevalently wrecks havoc on their faces throughout their adolescent years.

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