The decision to have cosmetic surgery is often driven by the desire to make changes to the look of certain parts of the body. The person might not be happy with the size, shape, or appearance of the targeted part of the body, and they might also want to gain an improved amount of self-esteem or self-confidence. Some of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures currently being performed include breast augmentation, Brazilian butt lift (BBL), Botox, and fillers. While many people feel that having cosmetic surgery will make an improvement in their mental health, there is not a clear-cut answer to whether or not this is actually the case. Keep reading to learn more about the mental health outcome of cosmetic surgery and the factors that can impact the amount of changes to the self-image of a person.
When it comes to the changes in the self-image of a person after cosmetic surgery, there has been some research that shows patients have a positive change in their body image after their treatment.
Some of the common examples of cosmetic treatments that can result in a positive growth of the self-image of a person include breast augmentation to enhance the breasts with a greater size or shape, and rhinoplasty (AKA a nose job) that changes the size and shape of the nose along with the appearance of the nose and even the ability of the patient to more easily breathe on a daily basis. There are also injectables such as fillers that give a person a more youthful look thanks to adding volume back into the face that has been lost due to the aging process.
The changes in the self-image of a person can include feeling less self-conscious about the appearance of a certain body part and also feeling more confident when interacting with friends and family members. The patient can also have a greater level of satisfaction with their overall appearance as they no longer have to worry about the look of the body part that caused them some level of distress in the past.
Even though there have been plenty of articles and reports regarding the positive impact of cosmetic surgery on the self-esteem and self-confidence of patients, there is some concern that cosmetic surgery does not actually improve the self-esteem of a person. This concern is discussed in the research link shared in the pervious section of this article and there have also been reports that improvements in the self-esteem of a person can fade after several years.
In addition, researchers have examined the relationship between signs of depression and cosmetic surgery. As an example, there was a study of rhinoplasty patients that showed some patients experience lower depression symptoms after the surgery while many other reported no changes in their depression symptoms and some even had worse symptoms after the procedure.
These results can indicate that cosmetic surgery can sometimes make mental health issues worse for some patients. This news can be quite concerning as some patients who seek out the services of cosmetic surgeons might have experienced a larger amount of mental issues with their appearance in the past than the general population.
There are multiple factors that can make a difference in the outcome patients experience after cosmetic surgery regarding their mental health.
For example, women who have undergone breast augmentation surgery to enhance the size and shape of their breasts might not be as happy with the outcome if they experienced complications after the surgery such as an infection or a breast implant that started to leak. The growth in their self-image might be smaller due to the issues they faced after the procedure. In addition, patients who heal quickly can often have a larger increase in self-confidence thanks to the rapid changes in their look as opposed to those who take a longer amount of time to heal.
There are also factors related to the relationship status of a person that can have an impact on their mental health after surgery. If a person feels like they need to make a change in their appearance in order to please their partner or save their relationship, that patient will probably have less of a positive psychological outcome since the change is likely not one they would have made if they were not trying to make someone else happy with their look.
The choice to have cosmetic surgery is not one that should be rushed into by the patient. Any cosmetic procedure carries a risk of complications that patients need to know about in advance before they undergo the treatment.
A cosmetic surgeon will meet with the person for a consultation appointment to find out why they want to have the procedure, the type of results they hope to gain, and to make sure the person is having the treatment because they want to make a change (as opposed to making someone else happy with their look).
Cosmetic surgery is a personal decision that can make long-lasting changes to the appearance of a person so the patient should consider the pros and cons of the procedure before making the final decision to have the treatment.