Mental Health Benefits of Cosmetic Surgery


Cosmetic procedures are on the rise in the whole world. Studies have shown that people who seek cosmetic surgery generally feel better about their appearance after the surgery. This can improve their confidence, self esteem and can lead to more social interactions. It can give you the power of control and importance. You will be more successful in your job when you are in high spirits looking attractive. Patients who underwent breast augmentation and reduction surgeries were among the most satisfied.

According to a recent study, aesthetic surgery can have positive outcomes in anxiety, social phobia, depression and body dysmorphia which can occur due to lack of self confidence. It further states that quality of life, satisfaction of life, goal achievement, attractiveness and physical and mental well being were also improved following surgery.

Cosmetic surgery can also motivate you to lead a healthy lifestyle to maintain what you have achieved with much difficulty. Healthy diet and exercise can invariably improve mental well being. However you have to be realistic about what you want to avoid dissatisfaction because even though the surgery was successful, you might be disappointed. Since there are numerous options of cosmetic surgery, choosing the right one with your doctor can lead to greatest benefits.

 

References


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