Summary: New research shows that undergoing cosmetic surgery may genuinely help you feel better about yourself, and boost your self-esteem through self-improvement.
Raising Your Self Esteem through Surgery
Psychologists have been researching the effects of cosmetic surgery for decades, and while some of the findings have been mixed, new studies show that plastic surgery procedures can cause patients to experience an increase in satisfaction and higher self-esteem, just so long as their expectations are reasonable. Cosmetic surgery catches a lot of heat for being a superficial solution to more underlying problems, but doctors today are coming up with plenty of examples of the contrary.
Naysayers are in the Minority
In the past, cosmetic procedures were linked to depression and anxiety, but new research is showing that people who undergo plastic surgery may end up happier than those who choose to refrain. It makes sense to us: changing your appearance and fixing your flaws can give you a whole new outlook on your body and yourself. Studies are showing that those who undergo cosmetic procedures are reporting less anxiety and less apparent body dysmorphia. Research by psychologist Jurgen Margraf in particular shows that life satisfaction scores went up dramatically in patients following their cosmetic surgery. (Of the patients he tested, breast augmentation and liposuction were the most commonly sought out procedures.)
Patients who undergo treatments or surgeries to correct parts of their body they feel need improving oftentimes have an elated, excited feeling once their final results are achieved. Living with anxiety and displeasure about your body can be extremely frustrating and more and more studies are showing that correcting your body issues can correct your emotional issues, as well. While it isn’t necessarily a good idea to use cosmetic surgery as a cure all, it is very likely that undergoing a procedure may cause you to be happier than ever before.
Procedures that May Boost Your Self Esteem
Cosmetic surgery is gaining so much popularity today, and chances are it’s because it makes you happier. Common procedures that boost patient’s self-esteem include:
- Breast augmentation/implants
- Rhinoplasty (nose surgery)
- Butt augmentation
- Facial rejuvenation/wrinkle reduction
- Repairing clef palates, protruding ears, and other facial deformities
- Many more…
If you have something about your appearance that you feel needs to be corrected, now is the safest time to achieve successful results through plastic surgery: both physically and mentally. Technology is advancing every day, and cosmetic procedures are more innovative than ever before.
A New Way of Thinking
Previous research propelled the idea that plastic surgery is a superficial solution to larger underlying problem, but this is no longer the case. New research implies that achieving the results that you desire may actually make you happier, and this is reason enough to celebrate. If there is an aspect of your look that you are not happy with, it may be time to discuss these issues with a cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Mark Bosbous. It may not be an ultimate cure all, but chances are it could boost your self-esteem and give you a high level of satisfaction.