There is no doubt that plastic and cosmetic procedures change lives. In our modern world, there has been a significant social shift in the way that people view cosmetic procedures. This is due to an increase in available information and discussion around plastic surgery. Even celebrities and media personalities have begun to speak more openly about their surgical procedures.
Many are of the view that there is certainly nothing wrong with helping nature along. In fact, we all do this in various other ways, whether they be surgical or otherwise. There is also nothing wrong with wanting to reduce the visible signs of aging we will all one day experience. So let’s discuss how plastic surgery can change lives.
The Personal and Social Impact of Plastic Surgery
However, there can occasionally be strong opinions, or negative discussions, about people who choose to change their appearance. This can often be due to concerns regarding the impact of “ideal” or “photoshopped” media images. Many fear the impact this has on body image, especially for younger generations. Body image and the psychological problems involved should certainly be taken seriously. However. such complex issues have and will continue to exist regardless of plastic surgery.
Plastic surgery can, for many people, be a positive, life-changing experience. Effective plastic surgery can build confidence and eliminate a person’s self-consciousness about typical body concerns. It may not have a drastic life-changing effect on everybody. However, it can bring a level of confidence in one’s appearance that resonates into their daily life.
Choosing Plastic Surgery for the Right Reasons
Plastic surgery can certainly help you to feel more confident in your own body. It is important however that you are not choosing to undergo surgery for the wrong reasons. It can often be confronting to talk to others are your insecurities and the flaws you perceive. Having surgery may not be a one-stop fix for these feelings.
Surgery is not a cure-all or substitute for a good mental health care approach. You may need counselling if your appearance has been an ongoing concern for you, or if you are the subject of extreme forms of bullying or social harassment.
Some important questions to consider when deciding if plastic surgery is right for you are:
- Are you choosing plastic surgery to please yourself and not someone else?
- Do you feel that the changes are likely to make you feel happier about how you look?
- Have you made sure to choose the right surgeon and right procedure for the outcome you desire?
- Are you confident in the communication with your plastic surgeon and feel comfortable asking them any type of question?
- Do you have realistic expectations about the potential outcome of your surgery?
- Do you fully understand the surgical risks and the varied, unpredictable nature of the healing process?
- Are you comfortable with the fact that results can vary significantly from patient to patient?
- You’re not expecting any miraculous appearance or life transformations?
- Are you able and willing to undergo the often emotional, uncomfortable recovery period and carefully follow your surgeon’s post-op instructions?
- Do you have a realistic sense of what changes are possible and what simply cannot be achieved from your surgery?
Asymmetry Corrections, Feature Harmony and Body Balance Plastic Surgery
Asymmetry is part of all of our faces and physiques and may be the reason you’re considering surgical options. Sometimes, asymmetry can be hardly noticeable unless you look really closely.
But for some of us, asymmetry is a highly noticeable aspect of our appearance. Sadly, there are many cases where bullying or social pressures can be an ongoing issue for people who have unusual feature balances or body shapes. Bringing a facial feature, area of the body, into greater overall balance with the rest of the face or physique may help avert unwanted comments and ongoing bullying about one’s appearance.
Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon
Choosing the right plastic surgeon ensures patients have the greatest physical and emotional benefits of surgery. But what makes the right surgeon?
It is important that you look for a skilled plastic surgeon working from a fully accredited operating facility. They should use top-notch surgical teams and highly experienced anaesthetists. A qualified surgeon can help you achieve your desired outcome and feel self-confident and happier than ever, from the inside out.
Good plastic surgeons don’t cut corners; you don’t want to regret your surgery decision by choosing the wrong type of surgeon or having the wrong procedure.
Choosing the Wrong Plastic Surgeon
The decision to use a less skilled or overseas surgeon can often lead to patients regretting their surgery. Many also need revision work to help fix mistakes made by the under-qualified surgeon.
It has become increasingly common that patients who chose a discount option seek help from a qualified, specialist surgeon to achieve their desired outcome.
Sadly, however, some botched surgeries cannot be remedied, and if they can, it is often a costly procedure. What is kind to your wallet, may not necessarily guarantee a quality outcome. You must always consider your health and well-being first and foremost.
Maintaining Realistic Expectations about Plastic Surgery
With social media becoming more and more prevalent in our daily lives, society’s focus on appearance is greater than ever. The use of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram makes it easier than ever to share photos of yourself. A greater focus on appearance has seen a boost in those seeking surgical options to help improve their appearance. In turn they hope for a boost in their levels of confidence within themselves.
Surgery, however, is no magical fix for all of life’s problems. It is incredibly important to keep your perspectives grounded, balanced and realistic when it comes to plastic surgery outcomes. Don’t expect the impossible. Be sure to communicate effectively with your surgeon to discuss what results can be expected from your procedure.
Patient Results: Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Forums
From online patient forums, some of the positive potential mental health benefits of plastic surgery can be summarised as follows:
There is a lot to be said for being comfortable and happy with your appearance. There is certainly a link between looking good and feeling good; if a person believes their body is less ‘acceptable’ before surgery and this causes them to be withdrawn and shy in social situations. However, they may find themselves more open to mixing with others post-surgery.
Breast augmentation is noted to deliver satisfaction rates between 79% and 90%, with women commenting they feel happier, comfortable or a heightened sense of pride in their bodies. Breast reduction also has a very high satisfaction rate, giving freedom to exercise, sleep comfortably and wear different types of clothing without their breast size being the subject of unwanted attention or comments.
Improved Physical Health
Plastic surgery, such as breast reduction surgery, can have definite health benefits. Satisfaction levels at over 86% (according to several surveys) for breast reduction surgery. shows that breast reduction reduces discomfort and health issues. This includes backache, skin rashes and chaffing, leaving positive changes in patients’ lives.
Rhinoplasty (surgery on the nose) can also have a constructive effect if it helps fix a deviated septum or reduces sleep apnoea. As a result, this leads to better quality sleep and breathing, as well as a more attractive nose shape.
Combat Social Anxiety
When people see themselves through the eyes of others, and find themselves falling short, they are often anxious. If, for example, you have a woman who suffers from asymmetrical breasts, she may constantly be worried when friends suggest a day at the beach, or any other activity where draped clothing that hides the defect won’t be possible.
Opinions about appearance are very personal and they’re very real to that individual. Even when others might claim that a person has no need to be anxious about their appearance, it’s what is in the individual’s mind that truly counts. As a result, many patients, post-surgery, feel that they are back in control of their lives.
A greater willingness to take advantage of opportunities
Stressing too much about your appearance, can often lead to avoiding putting yourself forward, and therefore foregoing a variety of opportunities. After surgery, many people report that their lives and their opportunities do improve.
But again, there are no guarantees and every patient is different. A lot of what happens in your life relates to numerous aspects of your life, not your looks, alone. Keep this in mind and be sure to check that you have realistic expectations about how your surgery results may or may not relate to other changes in your life.
Overall, plastic surgery can lead to people experiencing improved ‘self-worth’ and enhanced self-esteem. You might find yourself more sociable, confident, and motivated to lead a happier, healthier lifestyle.
Does Plastic Surgery Change Your Life?
It is important to remember that plastic or cosmetic surgery changes a part of your appearance. However, you remain the same person in the same circumstances as you were before the procedure.
If you dislike a certain part of your body, like your nose, surgery may improve the appearance of this feature. But having a ‘new nose’ does not improve any of life’s other stresses, such as difficulties at work or relationship issues.
Resorting to plastic surgery to try and fix a relationship or make your partner happy is not a good motivation for having cosmetic or plastic surgery. You should always do what is best for you, on your own terms.
Whilst many people are happy with their surgery results, there are a number of people who have experienced disappointments when they held unrealistic expectations about what surgical changes could do for their faces, bodies and lives. They may have believed that surgery would suddenly and miraculously transform their entire lives, which it simply cannot do.
In summary, plastic surgery can have many positive health benefits for people who hold realistic expectations, including potentially improving confidence. But it’s not a remedy to greatly change a person’s life.
Are You Being Realistic About What to Expect Plastic Surgery to Achieve for You?
If the answer is a resounding yes, then arrange for a consultation with a specialist plastic surgeon. They will help you assess your expectations of what surgery can accomplish.
Please Contact Dr.Rubinstein’s office to book a consultation or enquire about further information regarding plastic surgery procedures.
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