We all have things we would change about ourselves if we could. Maybe we think our nose is too big. Or we wish we didn't have so many wrinkles. Some people turn to cosmetic surgery to fix these perceived flaws, and SOME end up getting addicted to cosmetic surgery. With so much emphasis put on beauty, it can be hard not to let one's self-esteem get wrapped up in one's looks. And with plastic surgery becoming common, it's not unrealistic to think you can change whatever you don't like about your body. Reality TV shows, like "Extreme Makeover" and "The Swan," showed people that if you couldn't learn to love yourself, you could just get a new look. But once some people go under the knife, they can't seem to stop. Driven by a need to look perfect, or banish their bad feelings about themselves, some people develop an addiction to cosmetic surgery. This compulsive need for perfection usually comes from a negative body image or low self-esteem. When the first round of nips and tucks don't fix the insecurity a person with this condition feels on the inside, they might think the solution is more surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), two-thirds of patients have had more than one cosmetic procedure. Because plastic surgery is expensive, addictions usually run rampant among socialites, actors and actresses, and any wealthy person who is in the spotlight. People with emotional disorders or other addictions are FAR more likely to become addicted to plastic surgery than other people. Body Dysmorphic Disorder, or BDD, is a psychological condition that affects many people with bulimia, anorexia or plastic surgery addictions. People with BDD have an extreme preoccupation with their looks especially their perceived flaws. 75% of people with BDD seek out cosmetic procedures to change how they look. Hollywood has its fair share of stars who've had dozens of procedures. It's believed that Michael Jackson, who underwent countless plastic surgeries, suffered from body dysmorphic disorder. Another celebrity who is thought to suffer from BDD and cosmetic surgery addiction is reality TV star Heidi Montag. Though she insists she's not a plastic surgery addict, the 23-year-old has recently made tabloids for undergoing 10 procedures that make her barely recognizable. Among the things she's had done: a second breast augmentation to triple-Ds, chin reduction, eyebrow lift, had ears pinned back, as well as a second nose job. Though she plans on having more work done, she has maxed out her legal limit. Rock star Courtney Love dazzled the world with her glamorous new look, which included a nose job, breast implants and bigger lips. She has openly admitted to having several procedures, including various botched ones. If you believe you, or someone you know, has a compulsive need for plastic surgery, please talk to a medical professional right away.
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Last Updated:December 20, 2012