Enjoying mental health means having a sense of well-being and being able to enjoy everyday life. Studies have shown that most people undergo plastic surgery to alter less appealing features such as lips, nose and eyes to have a more positive body image. Body image is the mental representation one creates about oneself, but it does not bear close relation about how others view you. Patients with negative body image have experienced mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, shame, awkwardness, diminished mental performance and low self-esteem. Below are ways through which plastic surgery can help with mental problems.
Positive Change in Physical Appearance
People born with physical defects such as a crooked nose or were involved in accidents and ended up with a physical impairment could have low self-confidence, psychological stress and trauma. This case could also be worse for children who suffer certain physical deformities because they may be ridiculed at school. Reconstructive surgery may help solve these problems.
According to a study carried out to evaluate psychological outcomes for individuals undergoing plastic surgery, it was found out that most patients were satisfied with the outcome of the procedure. The positive change in the appearance of the patient led to an increase in self-confidence, self-esteem and overall psychological well-being.
Providing Cosmetic Improvement
A healthy diet and exercise is often recommended when an individual wants to look good. However, this may not always work for everyone and frustration could set in once they realize that their effort is not working. In such a situation, cosmetic surgery may be the best option.
Recent studies showed that patients who had cosmetic surgery to improve certain body parts became more confident and satisfied with their physical appearance. This had a positive effect in their psychological wellbeing and psychosocial functioning. In another study, it was found out that breast augmentation, tummy tuck surgery and breast reduction led to the fall on the number of patients under antidepressants.
During menopause, the level of oestrogen drops making it difficult for skin to retain moisture and thus resulting in a dull, saggy complexion. This could also lead to acne breakouts, thread veins, hair thinning, weak bladder and facial hair which could leave older women feeling low and unattractive. Wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin could be reversed with plastic surgery.
While there may be some personality changes when you undergo plastic surgery, you should keep in mind that it does not always happen and it may not be a good reason to have the surgery. If you are having plastic surgery while expecting that it would change some aspects of your life, you may be disappointed. If you want to change your personality, it would be advisable to consult a psychologist.