While there are no guarantees in life, many patients who choose to undergo cosmetic surgery find themselves pleasantly surprised by the positive psychological benefits that come from having the surgery they choose. As long as you go into the process with realistic expectations and an understanding of how you feel about yourself inside and outside, cosmetic surgery can not only boost your self-esteem and confidence, but also help with symptoms of depression and lead to an increase in overall levels of happiness.
Improved Self-Esteem and Confidence
One of the most common reasons patients come to us for cosmetic surgery is their emotional self doesn’t match their physical self. This leads to an imbalance in self-esteem and confidence. It may not be something that is considered a flaw or even noticeable to others, but if you feel like there is something about your body or face that is hurting your self-esteem and confidence, cosmetic surgery could be the answer.
Help with Symptoms of Depression
In some cases, the imbalance between what a person feels inside and what they look like on the outside can be so upsetting that it can cause depression. In fact, negative self-image is a commonly reported cause of depression. Patients who come into our office with realistic expectations and an understanding of their emotional conflict with their bodies often find a renewed sense of self and a decrease in symptoms of depression after their procedure. One study found that among a group of cosmetic surgery patients on anti-depressants, 31 percent stopped needing or using medications by their six-month followup.
Increase in Overall Happiness
Several studies have shown that self-perceptions of attractiveness relate strongly and positively to feelings of overall happiness. So, if you feel better about yourself and find yourself more attractive after undergoing cosmetic surgery, chances are you will be happier on a day-to-day basis with yourself and your life.
To learn more about the psychological benefits of cosmetic surgery or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wortham, call us today at the Cosmetic Surgical Arts Center at 425-276-7103.