People choose to have plastic surgery for many different reasons. For some it is to fix the condition for others it is simply to improve their appearance. Over the years the popularity of numerous plastic surgery procedures has increased. New research suggests that people may be choosing plastic surgery for a mood boost. According to recent article research published in Clinical Psychological Science reported that plastic surgery patients are experiencing more joy in their lives, a greater sense of satisfaction, and higher self-esteem. The authors of the study reviewed close to 550 first-time patients and over 260 prospective patients who had always wanted to have plastic surgery but for whatever reason did not go through with the procedure. The collection of people was compared with over 1000 people who would never had interest in cosmetic surgery. Within the different groups, there was no differentiation when it came to mental health and overall life satisfaction. The research authors utilize psychological test on the patient’s before their surgery and then three, six and 12 months following their procedure. In an effort to gauge expectations before the surgery, the questions were written to include phrases such as “all of my problems will be solved “and “I’ll be a completely new person”. The study’s authors found that a mere 12% of respondents felt that these unrealistic answers become true following surgery. Study authors found that when comparing the results of psychological test from surgical patients with those who it did not have plastic surgery, people who had mastic surgery were likely to have higher self-esteem, expressed less anxiety, and felt healthier overall. Moreover, those who chose a plastic surgery procedure reported that they were happier with their bodies as a whole, not solely the area in which they had plastic surgery. Dr. Seify explains to patients that the reasons for choosing plastic surgery are personal. Patients who are considering procedures including breast augmentation or facelift should take into consideration that bothers me notice the patient’s new appearance; the patient must feel comfortable and confident about their appearance. Patients cannot rely on others to make them feel comfortable and confident after plastic surgery. This strategy can lead to unmet patient expectations. Patients who are considering cosmetic plastic surgery are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify’s office and schedule a consultation.
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