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Does Plastic Surgery Really Make You Happier?

Not long ago, plastic surgery had a stigma. You didn’t change what you had; you just stuck with it. Plastic surgery was for the rich and famous—or movie stars. Today, many people around the world undergo plastic surgery to improve their appearance and renew their sense of self. What’s interesting is studies have shown that plastic surgery can also improve physical and psychological health, essentially making people feel happier.

We’re not surprised by this, though. We’ve seen first-hand how our plastic surgery patients in Miami transform physically and emotionally after their procedures. Let’s take a look at how the data backs up our observations.

Looking Better on the Outside Helps You Feel Better on the Inside

A long-term study (Margraf, Meyer, and Lavallee) studied three groups of people:

  • 546 patients who were undergoing their first cosmetic surgery (most of whom were women)
  • 264 patients who considered going under the knife, but decided against it
  • More than 1,000 people who said they had never thought about having a cosmetic procedure done.

Participants answered questions about their well-being and health before and after the surgery. Results showed that those who went through with plastic surgery were less anxious. They also felt healthier. They exude more confidence and liked their bodies better as a whole, compared to the other two groups. Equally important, participants who underwent cosmetic procedures showed no adverse effects.


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More Evidence of the Emotional Benefits of Looking Better

The findings of this latest European research are supported by earlier studies such as a 2008 study by Dr. Neil S. Sadick of Cornell University.

This research studied the effects of both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic interventions.

Highlights of this 2008 study include:

  • In a study of 110 patients who underwent breast reduction surgery, 95% of those patients experienced an improvement in physical and psychological health and their well-being greatly improved after the surgery.
  • In a study of 105 patients who underwent various elective cosmetic surgeries, many reported huge improvements to their overall life six months after their surgery. These improvements include positive changes to patients’ sex life, social life, and relationships.
  • A separate study found the vast majority of facial cosmetic surgery patients reported improvements in general health, satisfaction with their appearance, independence, and a drop in anxiety.

Plastic surgery is more common than ever before and there is real proof that a majority of people benefit from the results. Feeling good about yourself appears to be a significant benefit of making a physical improvement to your appearance. We at Pure Plastic Surgery suggest you discuss it with trusted family members and a plastic surgeon before making any decision on surgery. It’s important to have reasonable expectations of what can be achieved to reap the best results.

If you’re in the Miami area and want to talk about your best aesthetic options with experienced plastic surgeons, contact us online or call us at (305) 230-4326 to schedule a consultation.


source gripreductions November 10th, 2017


There’s a time in your life where you need a boost, a fresh start, and a way to take control of things. We all have features about ourselves we want to change on the outside and it can affect us on the inside.

Pure’s goal is to give people a chance to make smart choices that lead to the results that will empower and inspire them to reach their dreams. Pure is led by Dr. S. Alexander Earle, who performs a wide range of procedures with an incredibly high rate of customer satisfaction.

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