Cosmetic Procedures

Canice E. Crerand, Leanne Magee and David B. Sarwer

in Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199580521
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:
Cosmetic Procedures

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This article reviews psychological studies of cosmetic surgery patients. Because there is growing interest in understanding the psychological characteristics of patients who undergo specific procedures (e.g., rhinoplasty), it considers the psychological studies that have been conducted in specific patient populations, including persons undergoing facial and body procedures. The article concludes with a discussion of the psychiatric disorders which may be most relevant to this population, namely body dysmorphic disorder and eating disorders.

Keywords: cosmetic surgery; psychological effects; psychiatric disorders; body dysmorphic disorder; eating disorders

Article.  8494 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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