Can Plastic Surgery Make You A Happier Person?
Many prospective patients believe undergoing plastic surgery will increase their overall quality of life. We in fact do see many patients gain confidence and self-esteem following surgery. Now there is scientific evidence to shed light on the relationship between happiness and cosmetic surgery.
Researchers from two European Universities recently released a study that looked at the positive long-term effects of plastic surgery. Specifically, the study conducted by Margraf, Meyer and Lavallee focused on the question: Do cosmetic interventions (plastic surgery) increase the quality of life of those who undergo procedures? The researchers looked at various common facial plastic surgery procedures including rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, and facelifts.
The results show that plastic surgery patients say they feel better about themselves after surgery. This boost in self-confidence and positive body image in turn equips the patient to enjoy a better quality of life.
A Closer Look at the Margraf, Meyer and Lavallee Study
The researchers included three groups of people in the study:
- 544 people who were having cosmetic surgery for the first time, 87% of which were women.
- 264 people who had previously wanted to undergo plastic surgery, but decided not to go ahead with it.
- 1,000 people who stated they had never considered a cosmetic surgery procedure.
Research subjects were questioned on their health and well-being before and after their procedure. The results supported increased happiness post-surgery. Compared to those who had chosen not to go ahead with plastic surgery, the patients who did undergo operations “felt healthier, were less anxious, had developed more self-esteem, and found their body, as a whole, more attractive”. The researchers also noted “no adverse effects were observed” from the subjects who underwent procedures.
Findings Supported By Earlier Studies
The findings of this latest European report are supported by earlier studies.
In 2008, Dr. Neil S. Sadick of Cornell University completed a study on the effects of both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic interventions.
Some highlights of his work include:
- In a study of 110 patients who underwent breast lift surgery, 95% of those patients experienced an improvement in physical and psychological health and their well-being greatly improved after the surgery.
- In a study of 105 patients who underwent various elective cosmetic surgeries, many reported huge improvements to their overall life six months after their surgery. These improvements include positive changes to patients’ sex life, social life, and relationships.
- A separate study found the vast majority of facial cosmetic surgery patients reported improvements in general health, satisfaction with their appearance, independence, and a drop in anxiety.
Cosmetic Surgery Can Improve Your Well-being
According to research, people feel vastly better about the way they look and feel after choosing to undergo a cosmetic surgery procedure. The research supports what we hear from many of our own patients each day. Our team of plastic surgeons, dermatologists, aestheticians and staff are focused on helping men and women gain the confidence in their appearance needed to live a better life and improve their overall well-being.