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Body Dysmorphia and Plastic Surgery

Kyle, Allison RN

doi: 10.1097/PSN.0b013e31826a9d90

Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental disorder characterized by a preoccupation with some aspect of one's appearance. In cosmetic surgery, this preoccupation can be overlooked by practitioners resulting in a discrepancy between expected and realistic outcome. Identifying the characteristics of this disorder may be crucial to the practitioner–patient relationship in the plastic surgery setting.

Allison Kyle, RN, is an FNP student completing her degree through the University of Cincinnati. She is currently a full time front office nurse for two plastic surgeons at a busy practice in Houston, Texas. Although her nursing experience is diverse, she has spent the last 8 years working in plastics in the office setting

Address correspondence to Allison Kyle, RN, 10565 Katy Freeway Suite 100, Houston, TX, 77024 (

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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