Can Cosmetic Surgery Make You Happy?

Could cosmetic surgery in the Brooklyn area improve your overall happiness and well-being?

According to a report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons®, it might. A study published in the July 2012 issue of the society’s journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, asked 41 women to evaluate their quality of life 6 months before and 6 months after cosmetic surgery. The results found that breast augmentation had “a significant and profound positive impact on a woman’s satisfaction with her breasts (and) her psychosocial and sexual well-being.”

This research aligns what I see in my practice. Many of my patients have told me that plastic surgery has helped increase their confidence and improved how they feel about themselves. Because they feel more secure about their appearance, they often become more social and outgoing. It’s always a joy to see my patients’ eyes light up as they talk about how much they love their new look; it is one of the most gratifying things about being a surgeon.

But while plastic surgery can have many benefits, it’s important to understand that it is not a one-way ticket to happiness or a cure for depression. As a surgeon, it’s my job to evaluate each patient on a case-by-case basis and determine whether plastic surgery is an appropriate option. If I think that someone has unrealistic expectations or that they are choosing surgery for the wrong reasons, it is my responsibility to turn them away.

In my experience, I have found that the people who are most satisfied after cosmetic surgery are those who were mentally and emotionally healthy before undergoing the procedure.

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