Study Confirms: Plastic Surgery Can Make People Happy

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Recent studies performed by a group of psychologists at Ruhr University Bochum and Basel University link plastic surgery to a better emotional milieu in patients. The study showed that patients who undergo plastic surgery experience greater happiness and self-confidence, and less anxiety as a result of their decision to have a procedure.

The results of the study released on March 11th examined how plastic surgery affects patients psychologically. According to the study, subjects who had aesthetic procedures, such as breast augmentation, body contouring and other procedures experienced increased levels of happiness in their lives, greater fulfillment, and an enhanced self-confidence as a result of the cosmetic procedure. Negative psychological states were abated somewhat by the plastic surgery procedures as well. Patients who had undergone plastic surgery reported less anxiety and saw themselves as more attractive.

Plastic Surgery May Have Psychological Benefits, Improving Happiness and Confidence

Psychological Benefits of Plastic Surgery: Improved Happiness and Confidence

Plastic surgeons claim this is common sense and those who experience the positive results from plastic surgery, but they may have good mental health to begin with.

The researchers first sought to determine whether individuals who seek out plastic surgery are different from other people. Several groups of people were examined. The study included 544 subjects who were having plastic or cosmetic surgery for the first time as well as 264 individuals who had thought about having plastic surgery at some time in the past, and 1,000 individuals who had never considered having plastic surgery. In examining these three groups of participants, the researchers found that there were no significant differences among them in regard to mental health or other psychological factors. All three groups of people ranked about the same in terms of their happiness with life overall, sense of fulfillment, depression, and general mental well-being.

Using an assessment tool known as the “Goal Achievement Scaling.” the researchers studied what each of their subjects hoped to accomplish through plastic surgery. Most subjects had realistic expectations about their results, and these patients tended to hope for more realistic outcomes such as the desire to “eradicate blemishes” or “improve self-esteem.” Only 12% claimed that plastic surgery would make them into an entirely new person or get rid of any and all physical imperfections.

The research examined patients before and after surgery for twelve months, and on the average, patients were happy with the results they achieved. Indeed, the patients who underwent plastic surgery did seem to be happier and more at peace than those who had opted against it. Realistic expectations seemed to contribute a great deal to the patients’ perceived success of the outcome and patients need to be having plastic surgery for the right reasons. But when patients seek out treatment with a psychologically healthy frame of mind, it seems that the research shows that there is a high likelihood that the patient will be happy with the final results.

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