Beauty and Body Dysmorphic Disorder

A Clinician's Guide

  • Neelam A. Vashi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Neelam A. Vashi
    Pages 1-16
  3. Neelam A. Vashi
    Pages 17-43
  4. Neelam A. Vashi
    Pages 45-62
  5. Neelam A. Vashi, Ellinor R. Quay
    Pages 63-81
  6. Elizabeth M. Damstetter, Neelam A. Vashi
    Pages 83-93
  7. Sarah H. Hsu, Neelam A. Vashi
    Pages 95-102
  8. Mohammad Jafferany, Katlein França, Neelam A. Vashi
    Pages 103-113
  9. Allison Weiffenbach, Roopal V. Kundu
    Pages 115-125
  10. Kavitha K. Reddy, Justin Besen
    Pages 127-137
  11. Amanda Champlain, Anne Laumann
    Pages 147-163
  12. Rachel McAndrew, Eric Sorenson, John Koo
    Pages 165-176
  13. Jonathan S. Thiele, Gareen Hamalian
    Pages 177-189
  14. Neelam A. Vashi, Mayra Buainain de Castro Maymone
    Pages 191-206
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 207-210

About this book


Over the decades, research has demonstrated that in categories of life deemed to be important, beautiful people achieve more desirable outcomes, are judged more favorably, and receive preferential treatment. An understanding of the historical aspects, science, and implications of what the human mind finds aesthetically pleasing is quintessential for dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and others who practice aesthetic medicine as the importance of beauty in today’s society is what brings patients into clinics.

While an element of dissatisfaction with one’s appearance is commonplace, clinicians should remain vigilant for individuals who seek cosmetic procedures to quell excessive body image concerns that are out of proportion to objective physical findings. Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a disorder of self-perception; it is the impairing preoccupation with a nonexistent or minimal flaw in appearance. According to recent statistics, BDD occurs in 0.7–2.4% of the general population; however, multiple studies have suggested an incidence of 6–16% in patients seeking aesthetic medical treatments. Moreover, a vast majority will at some point seek dermatologic treatment and cosmetic surgery. Such patients are unlikely to be satisfied with corrective procedures, and only 15% of dermatologists surveyed thought that they could successfully treat BDD. Therefore, Beauty and Body Dysmor

phic Disorder aims to assist dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and other aesthetic providers in recognizing key characteristics as well as providing treatment strategies to help in caring for those with BDD.


Body Dysmorphic Disorder beauty body dysmorphia dermatology plastic surgery

Editors and affiliations

  • Neelam A. Vashi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-17866-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-17867-7
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