Is Cosmetic Surgery Good or Bad? A Comprehensive Look

When performed by board-certified plastic surgeons cosmetic procedures such as facelifts breast augmentations or liposuctions can be safe ways to improve physical appearance - but does plastic surgery make patients feel better? Read this comprehensive look into whe

Is Cosmetic Surgery Good or Bad? A Comprehensive Look

When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, cosmetic procedures such as a facelift, breast augmentation, or liposuction are safe and effective ways to improve your physical appearance. But does plastic surgery make patients feel better? Studies have shown that people report greater satisfaction with the part of the body where they had surgery, but the results are conflicting as to whether plastic surgery increases their self-esteem, quality of life, self-confidence and long-term interpersonal relationships. Many people have good reasons to request cosmetic surgery. They've thought about it carefully, they're in good health, they have good self-esteem, they understand the risks of the procedure they're considering, and they're doing it on their own.

Most studies report that people are generally satisfied with the outcome of cosmetic procedures, but few rigorous evaluations have been conducted. However, cosmetic surgery has risks and limitations. If you're thinking about having cosmetic surgery, here's what you need to know. I think cosmetic surgery is a personal choice, but in some cases it becomes a bad addiction. In the case of personal choice, I don't think plastic surgery is necessarily a bad thing. All human beings have a certain sense of insecurity and for some people that insecurity is their appearance.

I think plastic surgery boosts self-esteem, and a small increase isn't a problem. For example, Valerie, my mother's friend, was self-conscious about the size of her breasts for twenty-four years of her life. She wouldn't go out in public with a swimsuit on, she would be very selective about the type of blouses she would wear, and she felt that men wouldn't date her because of her breast size. Finally she decided to do a breast augmentation.

Afterwards, she says she felt like a different woman. Her self-esteem was no longer low, but she actually felt good about herself. As Valerie describes: “This minor cosmetic surgery drastically changed my life. These circumstances in which plastic surgery is minor but creates a positive change in a person's life are not bad. In addition, cosmetic surgery, in many cases, helps save people's lives.

For example, a burn victim needs new skin on her face to avoid bleeding to death, or a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and has to have her breasts removed to survive. Cosmetic surgery involves changing your appearance, as if someone were changing the color of your hair or getting your ear pierced. If changes are done moderately to make someone happy, ultimately I think there's nothing wrong with that unless it becomes excessive. Secondly, I think that when cosmetic surgery becomes an obsession that's when it becomes a bad situation. People begin to change their perception from a physical problem to a mental one.

This is why I believe that cosmetic surgery must have limitations. If someone comes weekly for a different procedure, I classify it as a problem. At this point, people undergo surgery not because it makes them happy, but because it has become a norm of their lifestyle. That's why doctors must develop a test to assess their patient's mental state before undergoing procedures. The test should ask specific questions so doctors can determine if their patient is at a point where surgery will make them happy or if surgery is just another form of addiction. I don't think it's difficult to make this distinction because, in my opinion, there's a very fine line between the two types of people.

Overall, this is why I chose to argue that it depends. Every person really contributes to making cosmetic surgery good and bad. It is also enlightening to evaluate the patient's expectations of the outcome of the proposed procedure, both in aesthetic and psychosocial terms. It is also useful to review previous cosmetic interventions, including the number of previous procedures and their cosmetic and psychosocial outcome as perceived by the patient, as well as family and friends. However, remember that even if you've done your homework and found a surgeon you like at a price you can afford, the decision to have cosmetic surgery is yours and yours alone.

The cosmetic specialist should probably be more concerned with people to whom many professionals have performed numerous procedures and, in particular, those who report that the result of such procedures has not been satisfactory. Cosmetic surgery—the supreme control over the body—is the last stage in women's emancipation and their ability to decide what happens to their bodies. The media is full of makeover programs that glamorize cosmetic surgery and celebrities who look increasingly cheerful. We reviewed the literature on psychosocial outcomes after cosmetic surgery using MEDLINE, PsychLit, PubMed, PsychInfo, Sociological Abstracts, Social Work Abstracts Proquest 5000 Web of Science and CINAHL.

But what about cosmetic surgery just to change your appearance? Is it a good idea for teens? As with everything there are right and wrong reasons to have surgery. In a recent study Sarwer also an associate professor of psychology at the Center for Human Appearance at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found that one year after receiving cosmetic surgery 87 percent of patients reported being satisfied with the surgery including improvements in their body image general and altered body characteristics. Castle says evidence-based screening questionnaires will help plastic surgeons select cosmetic surgery patients who are likely to experience positive psychosocial outcomes. Both men and women are increasingly concerned about their physical appearance and are looking for cosmetic improvements.

Most patients with BDD who underwent a cosmetic procedure reported that it was not satisfactory and did not diminish concerns about their appearance. In particular the extent to which cosmetic surgery affects patients' relationships self-esteem and quality of life in the long term offers many research opportunities for psychologists says psychologist Diana Zuckerman PhD president of the National Research Center for Women and Families a study center that focuses on health and safety issues for women children and families. People are crazy they should appreciate what they have and what God gave them and not what money can buy.

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