There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the science of cosmetic procedures, up to and including whether or not they can be good for our psyche. While it’s hard to argue that there’s definitely such a thing as ‘too much cosmetic surgery’ whether or not there are truly beneficial effects for our psyche has been hard to pin down. In spite of all the controversy on the internet and in other media these days, solid research into cosmetic surgery has provided us with an actual answer.
So Is Cosmetic Surgery Good For Our Mental Health?
The answer is a conditional, but undeniable, yes. Those with healthy expectations and the ability to see themselves clearly in the mirror can benefit from having certain imperfections corrected. For those who have suffered from a disfiguring trauma or medical condition that has led to aesthetic consequences, it can be a chance for them to reclaim some sense of normalcy in their lives.
What If You Just Have Some Things About Your Body You Don’t Like?
For those who are seeking to have changes made that are purely for the purpose of their own aesthetic tastes, the answer is still yes. Our feelings about our appearance can be a very valid source of low self-confidence, and it doesn’t take a traumatic experience to make them valid. These changes can lead to a very positive and uplifting experience and are rarely the cause of an unhealthy obsession with perfection. So long as your expectations are realistic then plastic surgery can be a boon to your self-esteem and overall happiness.
How Do I Know If I’m A Healthy Candidate For Cosmetic Surgery?
The first thing to do is evaluate your reason for wanting cosmetic surgery. Mothers who have recently given birth and those who have lost a lot of weight are great examples of people who have healthy, aesthetic reasons for wanting cosmetic surgery. The excess skin from losing weight and the damage that was done to the body during pregnancy can’t be undone by exercise and healthy eating.
Cosmetic surgery to fix blemishes, tighten up areas, correct an undesirable facial feature (like a crooked nose), produce lips that are plumper or a higher and tighter backside aren’t immediately unhealthy either. We all have things we don’t like about our bodies, and for those for whom cosmetic surgery is an option its a valid way of approaching the concern.
If you’re concerned that you may be making the decision to have cosmetic surgery for the wrong reasons, speak to a therapist and your intended cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Amber Allen at Allen Aesthetic Surgery is available for consultation to determine if cosmetic surgery is right for you. From their office in Raleigh, NC they’ve been helping patients all over the world tackle their cosmetic surgery needs so they can feel better about themselves, their place in the world, and the face in the mirror. Don’t let your aesthetic concerns destroy your self-esteem, contact Dr. Allen today and start on the road to a more fulfilled you!