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Hexsel D.,Grande Rio University | Hexsel D.,Centro Brasileiro Of Estudos Em Dermatologia Cbed | Siega C.,Centro Brasileiro Of Estudos Em Dermatologia Cbed | Schilling-Souza J.,Centro Brasileiro Of Estudos Em Dermatologia Cbed | And 6 more authors.
Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology | Year: 2012

Introduction: About 50% of the population reports some kind of dissatisfaction related to their physical appearance. Patients' motivations for seeking cosmetic treatment are not yet fully understood. Objectives: To evaluate the behavioral, psychological, and psychiatric characteristics of patients with cellulite. Methods: In the first phase of this cross-sectional, descriptive and observational study, forty-six volunteers answered a self-administered questionnaire. In the second phase, a psychiatrist administered the M.I.N.I. questionnaire. Results: Most interviewees described the forthcoming of cellulite during puberty. Discomfort caused by cellulite was mainly felt at the beach (87%) and pool (67,4%). Almost half of patients reported having been subject to an embarrassing comment related to their cellulite, while 78.3% felt pressure to seek treatment. The eating disorders described included the use of drugs, compulsive ingestion of food, feeling guilty after eating, and self-induced vomiting. The most frequently found specific emotional disorder was generalized anxiety. Conclusions: Patients with cellulite can experience emotional distress and negative feelings in everyday situations. Changes in specific behaviors and the presence of psychological and psychiatric comorbidities can be present in some patients.

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