Plastic Surgery Makes People Happier

March, 12, 2013, Katy, TX- Plastic surgery is a booming business; its popularity steadily grows year after year. Millions of people enjoy the many benefits of cosmetic enhancements and now a study proves what patients have known all along; plastic surgery does make people happier.

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Researchers in Europe discovered after studying 550 plastic surgery patients over a long period of time and found that overall; individuals who have plastic surgery have measurable psychological benefits.

The researchers from Ruhr-University Bochum in a partnership with the University of Basel studied the life satisfaction and improved self-esteem using a psychological instrument called the “Goal Attainment Scaling,” according to Psychcentral.com.

The questions were designed to determine if people who want plastic surgery were somehow different than people who don’t, what their goals were prior to surgery and whether they had attained them post-surgery. They also included questions relating to unrealistic plastic surgery goals such as “I’m a completely new person,” and “All my problems will be solved.”

What they found was that only a small percentage of patients, only 12 percent, had unrealistic goals. And that the majority of plastic surgery patients were women, 87 percent, though that gap could close some over the next decade as men find cosmetic surgery more appealing. Also the desire to have cosmetic surgery was higher among younger adults with above-average income.

Replies to the open questions included “feel better” “eliminate blemishes” and “develop more self-confidence,” according to Psychcentral.com.

The participants were questioned before and after their surgery in 3, 6 and 12 months. Cosmetic surgery patients reported being happy with their how their surgery turned out, and expressed satisfaction with the results over the long term. What’s more is they reported less anxiousness, felt healthier,  had more self-esteem, and said their bodies as whole and the area that received cosmetic enhancement was more attractive.

This study shows that looks do matter, and people who have physical flaws or look older then they feel actually feel better about themselves and their lives following plastic surgery.

Any number of physical flaws especially the ones on the face can make people unhappy. The face is one of the first things people notice about us. Having a weak jawline, a nose that is too big or crooked or deep lines can make people feel insecure. If people find something about their face or rest of their body they don’t like that flaw can become the focus of all their attention, they can become obsessive. This insecurity will affect every aspect of a person’s life from their professional to personal lives.

If a simple surgery can correct or enhance your facial features then it is worth it to talk to a plastic surgeon to determine what cosmetic procedures can make you more beautiful. Whether it is a nose job, a chin augmentation or a facelift, this study shows plastic surgery will indeed make you happier.

Dr. John Freeman of Katy, TX is devoted to perfecting the face and helping his patients become more beautiful. Contact his office to set up a consultation to discuss how he can improve your life.