Dr Barry Lycka

Beauty & Body Dysmorphic Disorder Discussed in Detail by Dr Barry Lycka & Dr Neelam Vashi

Expert cosmetic dermatologists review how beauty can become a dangerous obsession


Edmonton, AB -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/13/2015 -- Beauty has a different meaning to everyone, hence the wise old saying 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.' Beauty has been applauded throughout the centuries, but our modern society seems more obsessed with beauty than ever before, and that can bring unhealthy attitudes and behaviours to the fore, including the development of Body Dysmorphic Disorder. The issues around beauty and body dysmorphic disorder are discussed this week (13Jul2015) on Inside Cosmetic Surgery Today on webtalkradio.net, when show host, Edmonton Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr Barry Lycka talks with Dr Neelam Vashi, board certified dermatologist from Boston University Medical School, Department of Dermatology, where she is Assistant Professor of Dermatology, and the Founder & Director of the Center for Ethnic Skin. She is the author of a forthcoming book called Beauty and Body Dysmorphic Disorder - A Clinician's Guide.

In this in-depth interview, Dr Lycka & Dr Vashi begin with a discussion about the perceived advantages and benefits of being perceived as a beautiful person. They compare the popular subjective ideals of beauty with those objective traits of beauty that plastic & cosmetic surgeons use to assess the features of the face. They acknowledge that society is obsessed with beauty and how on a personal level, that obsession can develop into a psychological disorder in which a person becomes obsessed with imaginary defects in their appearance. This is known as body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD. The two doctors discuss the key symptoms and behaviours associated with it, as well as, sadly, the high rates of suicide associated with it – it's the highest rate of all the psychological disorders, making it a serious and dangerous problem for its sufferers. Dr Vashi explains the main aspects of diagnosis and both doctors highlight that all clinicians and other professionals working in the aesthetic realm, as well as of course family members and friends, should be alert to potential sufferers seeking increasing levels of cosmetic and surgery which have been proved to have little or no effect on their disorder – in fact it makes them worse.

About Dr Barry Lycka
Barry A. S. Lycka, Edmonton based Cosmetic Dermatologist, is one of North America's foremost authorities on cosmetic surgery, skin cancer surgery, reconstructive surgery and laser surgery of the skin. He broadcasts the Inside Cosmetic Surgery Today internet talk radio show on webtalkradio.net as an un-biased and detailed source of credible information on cosmetic surgery. He interviews world-leading experts, gets the inside story on the controversial aspects of cosmetic surgery and uncovers & explains new techniques and products. The show continues to grow in popularity with over 7000 downloads a week being made.

For further information on this series or any other questions relating to Cosmetic Dermatology, Dr Lycka can be contacted via his website barrylyckamd.com or by telephone at his Edmonton office 780-425-1212.