Does plastic surgery really make you happier?

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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 for self renewal. What’s interesting is studies have shown that plastic surgery can also create improvement in physical and psychological health essentially making people feel happier.

Studies show looking better on the outside can help you feel better on the inside.

In a recent European University study (The Margraf, Meyer and Lavallee Study) that
consisted of 544 people having cosmetic surgery for the first time.They were broken down into three groups:

  • Those who were undergoing their first cosmetic surgery (most of which were women)
  • Those who considered going under the knife, but decided against it
  • Those 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 the procedure were less anxious. They also felt healthier. They exude more confidence and liked their body better as a whole, compared to the other two groups. Likewise, participants who underwent cosmetic procedures showed no adverse effects.

Previous Studies Back Up 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 lift 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 the key 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.

source gripreductions November 10th, 2017