Bruce Jenner's obsession with youth and plastic surgery may be due to body dysmorphic disorder, reported People.
"When people have an unusual preoccupation with the way they look, they will never be satisfied," said Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Toby Mayer, who has not treated Jenner. "They will always find some flaw on their face that they think will restore perfection."
Jenner, 64, recently made headlines after getting a laryngeal shave, a plastic-surgery procedure that flattens the Adam's apple. The operation is usually a precursor to a sex-change operation, but Bruce's estranged wife, Kris Jenner, has slammed those rumors as tabloid lies.
Sources said Bruce, who won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, has always been obsessed with looking young and thought plastic surgery was the solution. Jenner previously revealed he suffered from low self-esteem stemming from his childhood battle with dyslexia.
When asked why he got his Adam's apple flattened, Jenner replied, "I just didn't like my trachea." Over the years, Jenner has been tabloid fodder and the butt of jokes for his numerous plastic surgeries. He got a nose job and a partial face-lift in 1984, and a second corrective face-lift in 2009.
Jenner has repeatedly remarked how annoyed he is at the constant ribbing he takes for his surgeries. "If you Google my name under the worst plastic surgeries of all time, they've compared me to Michael Jackson," he said on an episode of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."
While celebrities getting plastic surgery is nothing new, sources close to the Kardashian and Jenner families say Jenner's concern over his appearance is borderline neurotic.
"Bruce is definitely concerned about his looks; he always has been," said a source. "He wanted to grow his hair long, so he did. He wants to get manicures, so he gets them. Bruce thinks he looks great. He doesn't listen to the criticism."
Brian Cuban, the brother of billionaire Mark Cuban, is an expert on body dysmorphia, having researched and suffered from the disorder for 27 years. In an interview with me, Cuban said people often mistake individuals suffering from body dysmorphia with narcissists.
"The difference is, people with body dysmorphia hate what they see in the mirror, while narcissists love how they look," explained Cuban, author of Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
Meanwhile, numerous media reports say Jenner will quit "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" after filming on this season ends. Sources say Bruce is disgusted with his family's tabloid fame and wants to live a quiet life in Malibu, close to the beach and his three sons.