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Dysmorphophobia In Houston Youth

Youthful aspirations to be beautiful are a natural part of the process of the individual development of a teenager.  However, when a teenager begins to ask for plastic surgery and does not have a medical issue affecting their quality of life, there may be more serious underlying emotional issues.  These risky ideas often mask more serious issues like body dysmorphic disorder.

Chronic mental illnesses such as these can give rise to a growing obsession of your appearance.  The individual focuses regularly on a real or imagined flaw that they perceive as a serious deformity.  Both nature and nurture are to blame for this disorder and this can take quite a bit of therapy to overcome.

Teenagers need to be aware that by changing their body with a breast implant, liposuction, or rhinoplasty, they aren’t going to change their mental condition.  Individuals with this mental issue will still have a problem obsessing over their body, and often find new “flaws” they want surgically treated.

Surgery is a process that only affects the individual’s body, not their genetic composition or what makes them who they are in spirit.  An alteration though plastic surgery won’t change these traits in their body or mind and they may still appear in their children when they grow up to raise their own family.  Nothing is truly eliminated by a plastic surgery.  Speak with your child if they are expressing unhealthy fascination with breast implants, mentioning liposuction when complaining about their weight, or suggesting a nose job if they don’t have sinus conditions.  They deserve to know they are beautiful for who they are not just how they look.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dr. Michael Eisemann, Dr. Bradley Eisemann, and the entire staff at Eisemann Plastic Surgery are committed to the health and safety of all of our patients and ourselves.

We are thankful to be connected to Houston Methodist Hospital, one of the most respected hospitals in the country. Because of this, our screening policy is aided by the hospital's official policies and checkpoint screening measures completed prior to entering our building. These measures allow us to do everything we can, at this point in time, to minimize the chance that we expose ourselves or our patients to someone who has been sick or contagious with the virus.

We are set up to perform new consults and patient follow-ups via ZOOM video conferencing.

As of Monday, March 23rd, our office is open. We are open and seeing select patients. If you are currently on the schedule, please call our office if you have any concerns about your own health.

While all major hospitals have stopped elective surgery at this time, we are very selectively performing indicated operative procedures in our procedure room and in our AAAASF certified operating room under local and IV sedation.

As always, both Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann are available by phone and email to answer any questions you may have.

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