While most patients hear plenty about how cosmetic surgeries can impact them physically by making them appear more beautiful, many hear nothing solid about how these same surgeries can affect them psychologically. Of course, anything major that you do to your body affects you mentally and emotionally because there are many repercussions. A cosmetic surgery will affect how you feel about yourself when you look in the mirror, when you are in front of family and friends, when you are around strangers, and even when you are at work. The big question to ask yourself is whether your desired surgery is going to improve your self-image and your psychological well-being.
Researches Study Cosmetic Procedures & Well-Being
Several long-term research studies done over the years have looked at this very thing and have had their results published in reputable medical journals. Most patients who were studied did find that they were pleased with their outcomes. Many stated that they felt that they were less shy, had higher self-worth and experienced a better quality of life since surgery.
However, one interesting point that is brought up when many studies are looked at simultaneously is that those who experience the poorest outcomes psychologically are those who went into the surgery with the most unrealistic expectations. Patients who are depressed or anxious also had worse psychological outcomes. Cosmetic surgery patients must be clear about what their surgeries will accomplish change. One of the best ways for people to understand what they can expect to see changed is to ask their surgeons to show them before-and-after pictures of patients who underwent the same cosmetic surgery.