The Many Mental Boosts as a Result of Cosmetic Surgery

After cosmetic surgery, many patients say that they feel better about whom they are. If you are considering a cosmetic procedure, are you searching for mental boosts as well? Letís take a look at the issue.

Growing Trends

Since 2011, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of cosmetic procedures increases by about 5 percent at least each year. This includes facial plastic surgery procedures. Minimally invasive procedures such as Botox injections were also up in 2011. The trend has continued since them.

These are not just the rich who are going to the knife or the needle, but people from all socioeconomic backgrounds and experiences. Why does this trend seem to keep rising?

According to a European study that was announced earlier this year, plastic surgery patients are reporting feeling happier after their surgery. The act of having the surgery is boosting their confidence levels and enjoyment of life.

In the study, responses were tested from people who have had plastic surgery with those who have never desired it as well as a group that wanted it once but then decided against the procedures. The patients who had opted for the surgery reported to the psychologists that they felt better about the particular feature they had changed. Their newfound confidence brought less anxiety to their lives. They even felt healthier overall even though only one part of their body was changed.


Women (about 87 percent) made up the majority of the patients who had cosmetic surgery. The majority of them knew going in what to expect and kept it realistic. Very few of the respondents had unrealistic ideas about the outcomes of their surgeries and how it would change their lives. This is one reason for so many negative mental outcomes after plastic surgery.

The change may be in the way that the patients viewed themselves. Their level of self-confidence before the surgery wasnít mentioned just that it did increase afterward. These individuals seem to be well-adjusted to life and their place in it. They did not necessarily repeat cosmetic surgery patients, although that is not known for sure.

Because something that they felt hindered them was fixed thoroughly a cosmetic surgical procedure, they felt good overall about their lives and who they were. These mental boosts included:

Greater self-confidence
Boost to sexuality
Boost to mental health in general
A sense of self-improvement

The results of these boosts could not only be the surgery itself but also the one-on-one consultation with the surgeon where both doctor and patient choose the procedure that will bring about the most desired results of the patient. It is a collaborative effort with the individual in mind, not societyís wishes.

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