The Mental Outlook On Having A Cosmetic Procedure

Cosmetic surgery has become increasingly popular in recent years as more people seek ways to enhance the way they look. In 2011 alone, it was estimated that globally 15 million people went under the knife to change their body.

Cosmetic Surgery Is Popular

There are lots of reasons why cosmetic surgery is booming. Some people seek treatments to keep their skin and body looking more youthful. Others may opt for surgery to remove stubborn excess body fat, whilst others may look to change the shape or appearance of part of their body. Breast enhancement surgery and rhinoplasty (altering the shape of a person’s nose), for instance, are two of the most common procedures undertaken today, along with treatments that aim to reduce wrinkles and fine lines on the face. Equally, in an age where many people struggle to lose weight through dieting, liposuction has taken off as a procedure that shaves fat off stubborn areas such as the stomach.

Whatever the reasons for cosmetic surgery or the type required, the impetus behind having the procedure in the first place stems from wanting to change the way a person looks. For many people, having a negative image of their body can have a profound impact on their day-to-day lives.

If someone is unhappy with the way they look, it can affect their self-esteem and confidence. This in turn, can impact upon their relationships with other people, affecting their ability to form friendships or forge romantic partnerships. It may also affect how someone performs in the workplace or even prevent them from making a career change or seek a promotion, due to lack of confidence.

Body Imperfections

In many cases, the body imperfections may not appear as bad or noticeable to the outsider as to the individual but for the person affected, their concerns are very much real to them. Where the negative feelings have been festering for a long time, it may even lead to anxiety and depression in the individual.

Plastic surgery may also take place as a result of an accident or illness that has altered how someone looks. In these cases, opting for cosmetic surgery can help an individual heal and recover after any trauma and enable them to take control of their life again and how they look.

Evidence does show that once a cosmetic procedure has been performed to address the negative images a person may have of their body, it can have a huge impact on their self-esteem and confidence. It could mean that the person can wear clothes that they may have shunned in the past because they lacked self-worth or it could mean that a person now has the confidence to get on with activities in life that they may have avoided because of the way they look.

Research has even highlighted that those people who have suffered from depression prior to a cosmetic surgical procedure reported reduced symptoms of depression afterwards.

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