Can We Use Plastic Surgery to Improve Emotional Conditions?  

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With the increasing demand for plastic surgery, many people might tend to think of it as a good treatment for any condition, including emotional ones. In the past, women would resort to a change of look, such as a new hairstyle, makeup, or clothes after a break-up. Nowadays, it is more and more common to undergo a plastic surgery intervention after a divorce or a setback in the professional field. But can we and should we use plastic surgery to improve the emotional condition?


The characteristics of the ideal plastic surgery patient

We have discussed before that plastic surgery is not a visit to the hairstylist and it requires more preparation. Moreover, not everyone is eligible to undergo it. Here are the most important characteristics of the ideal plastic surgery patient:

  1. Good health condition

Being in a good health condition (with no chronic or acute illnesses) is a pre-requisite for people looking to undergo a plastic surgery intervention. But even if you have a chronic condition, this doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to undergo any type of plastic surgery procedure. Nowadays we can successfully perform interventions on people suffering from diabetes and other chronic conditions. However, this means the intervention will require special preparations. The most important thing is to tell the plastic surgeon about your health condition, even if it doesn’t seem like a big deal. It might change the choice of operative methods used and even the anesthesia type. Your plastic surgeon will come to your aide and also ask questions about your medical history.

  1. Good emotional condition

A patient suffering from mental or emotional conditions such as depression or schizophrenia is not the ideal candidate for plastic surgery. If there can be general amendments made when it comes to physical health, there are no exceptions when it comes to the mental and emotional condition. Moreover, even patients who are overly impulsive should refrain from plastic surgery. People who go through a terribly stressing situation should first wait for the problems to be sorted before planning to undergo plastic surgery. The positive attitude toward one’s self and the intervention to be performed has a beneficial effect over the post-operative evolution.

  1. Have realistic expectations

It is essential for a plastic surgery patient to have realistic expectations regarding the result of the intervention she desires to undergo. During the initial consultation with the plastic surgeon, you should communicate how you want to look after the surgery so you can find out from him whether it is doable or not. Your expectations need to be clearly formulated in exact terms.

  1. Be self-motivated

The ideal plastic surgery candidates have the desire to look and feel good as a main motivation, not to impress someone or improve the relationship with someone. Plastic surgery cannot enhance or improve your social relationships. This is something that you can only do on your own. But the results of a successful plastic surgery intervention can indeed boost self-esteem levels, which in turn may help you in forming better relationships with others.

  1. Have a strong motivation

The ideal plastic surgery candidate has a strong motivation. This will help him face the discomfort, the expenses and the other inconveniences that are associated with any surgical intervention. The patients who are strongly motivated will follow the plastic surgeon’s recommendations to the letter, hence creating the premises for a satisfactory result after the surgery.


The importance of having a stable emotional condition

Always paying attention to their image, women are usually more affected (or affected sooner) by the passing of time, and their bodies are subject to different changes (e.g. pregnancy).  Of course, all these changes in the aesthetics of the body also affect us on an emotional level.

Many women discover they have lost the perkiness and the volume of their breasts with aging and multiple pregnancies. When their partner leaves them for a younger woman, the effects on the psyche can be considerable. We live in a society where image matters. In some cases, it can matter more than anything else, whether we like to admit it or not. And usually, we discover the loss of body aesthetics in time, while also experiencing other issues such as stress at work and a troubled relationship at home, among other things.

Did you ever hear about “revenge surgery”? These are plastic surgery procedures performed with the purpose of becoming more attractive after a divorce or a break-up. Their main purpose is to restore the beauty of the body and erase some of the signs of pregnancy and childbirth and even the passing of time. But the underlying reason is for the patient to feel better about herself to improve her emotional condition.

It usually works out just fine, with one condition: the patient is in a good emotional condition. This doesn’t mean the patient is all smiles and lacks any problems. There are times in our lives when all of us feel sad, unappreciated, anxious, furious, or completely helpless. But this is just natural and not a sign of an emotional condition. If a patient is confronted with anger and anxiety, loneliness and sadness after the divorce, this doesn’t mean she is not eligible for surgery. However, if the patient believes that by undergoing surgery she will get back the lost partner, then she must revisit and think some more about the expectations from the procedure.

Having realistic expectations can be a sign of a stable emotional condition. You understand that undergoing plastic surgery has the main purpose of enhancing a body feature or correcting an imperfection. New, perkier breasts won’t bring your husband back nor will they bring a new boyfriend. But your attitude after getting new breasts might do those things. However, keep in mind that improving the emotional condition is not a guarantee after plastic surgery. If you have been feeling depressed prior to the intervention, after the procedure these feelings might become more intense, and you might start thinking why going through all the trouble if your boyfriend still doesn’t love you.

You are ready to undergo plastic surgery if you understand the plastic surgeon is not a marriage consultant. His purpose is not to bring your husband back, but to give you the most beautiful body and face that you can achieve. The rest is up to you.

If the patient doesn’t have a good emotional condition prior to the surgery, the results can be disappointing, even if they are exquisite by industry standards. As funny as it might seem, even something as simple as a new haircut can have damaging effects on a person’s psyche if she is battling mental afflictions. Now just imagine what a permanent alteration can do to the same person.

The purpose of plastic surgery

Plastic surgery interventions aim to reestablish the physical harmony and to restore the physical balance of the patient’s body. Physical harmony can be one of the determining aspects in achieving emotional balance. Many emotional complexes can be put to rest, and the patient’s life quality can be improved significantly after undergoing procedures such as breast augmentation and breast reduction, gynecomastia and liposuction. The results of these procedures can make patients get a boost of self-esteem and have an improved body image.

But the emotional consequences come second after the physical results of the procedure. Either satisfactory or not, the results of the procedure need to be first discussed in terms of the industry standards and only after in terms of the expectations of the patient. The purpose of plastic surgery is to correct something material, i.e. the body or the face of the patient. The work on the soul is not done by the plastic surgeon, despite what many former patients tend to believe. It is done by the patient. So if you want to use plastic surgery to improve the emotional condition, make sure to discuss this in advance with the plastic surgeon and see if he deems you as eligible for the procedure you are interested in.

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Choosing a plastic surgeon that is interested in the general well-being of the patient and his emotional stability is important for the success of your procedure. Allow the plastic surgeon to evaluate your mental condition prior to surgery to assess if you are ready for the intervention or not.

Plastic surgery interventions can affect the emotional condition of the patient. In a vast majority of cases, the effects are a boost of self-esteem and an improved self-image that translates into more professional success, better social interactions, and a better quality of life. But for patients that have not been in a stable emotional condition prior to surgery, the results can have a negative impact on their psyche.


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