The psychological impact of people’s physical appearance on their self-esteem can be overwhelming. When the decision to make lasting surgical changes is finally made, the feelings of confidence and self-assurance are astounding. Men and women may choose to improve a feature or an entire section of their body. There are many aspects of the physical self that may impact a man or a woman’s self-esteem, but for the most part, their reasoning and objectives are the same. Reasons such as self-esteem or self-image are quite common for patients to elect for cosmetic surgery.
Although some see undergoing cosmetic procedures as an act of vanity, following through with the desired procedures has been shown to have strong positive psychological effects for the patient. Many studies have proved this fact, including a recent one published in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Once a patient isn’t constantly worried about their nose size, breast size, excess fat, or small calves, they can go for their dream job, feel attractive, or just feel comfortable in their own skin.
Cosmetic surgery requests certainly have not slowed down across the United States. Breast augmentation, liposuction and facelifts are just a few of the leading cosmetic procedures which have long term positive impacts on the lives of recipients. First, breast augmentation is a procedure that some women think about and dream about for most of their lives. Only when they get the courage to make a consultation with a plastic surgeon do they experience the incredible self-esteem that they didn’t know they were missing. Second, some men and women spend years struggling to tighten their abdomens, but a tummy tuck or liposuction can give them the abs they never had. Third, one’s face has the greatest impact on esteem because it is such a large part of one’s identity. When there are features, scars and effects of aging standing in the way of a positive self-image, the facelift and surgical and other nonsurgical procedures can alter one’s outlook.
For future patients, it is important to keep in mind two key factors in improving one’s self esteem with cosmetic surgery: go into it with realistic expectations and to be thorough when selecting a reputable surgeon. These factors will increase one’s chances of achieving the physical outcome one hopes for, which supports the psychological outcome in the end.
For more information about plastic surgery or to develop your own surgical plan, visit http://www.newportbeachplasticsurgery.com/ or call Newport Beach Plastic Surgery at (949) 759-5539 to schedule a consultation with Milind K. Ambe M.D. at his office, located at 1441 Avocado Ave. Suite 801, Newport Beach, CA 92660.