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Plastic surgery can mean that beauty is much more than skin deep

Medical experts in cosmetic surgery and mental health guide us through what patients should consider if undergoing a procedure and the warning signs of body dysmorphia.


Photo by Gerd Altmann
Those suffering from body dysmorphia can become preoccupied with perceived defective or ugly appearances. Mental health experts recommend seeing a therapist specializing in obsessive-compulsive disorder before considering cosmetic surgery.


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Before leaving home today, you may have checked the mirror to adjust your shirt, brush your teeth, or put on makeup.

And maybe you took a moment to say, “I wish this were different.”

Plumper lips, smaller waist, or, as the kids say, “Face and body snatched.”

Plastic surgery may have even crossed your mind. After all, social media ads have popped up on your feed, or recently a friend has suddenly looked more… refreshed.

But what does it mean to get plastic surgery? What happens to the body and mind after a drastic change in our appearance? And is cosmetic surgery so plastic anymore?

For the show’s first half, we discuss what patients should consider when choosing a surgeon, what to expect while recovering, and warning signs in plastic surgery tourism.

Then, with so many options- and ads- for plastic surgery, those struggling over their appearance may feel that it’s their only hope.

What is the impact of plastic surgery on our body image and mental health, especially for those dealing with body dysmorphia and obsessive-compulsive disorder?

And what can parents do to help teens deal with their changing bodies in a social media world?


First Half

Dr. Sebastian Winocour

Second Half

Dr. Eric Storch

This episode of Town Square is guest-hosted by Brenda Valdivia, in for Ernie Manouse.

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