A new study shows cosmetic surgery can improve more than just appearances. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery released a study that shows cosmetic surgery patients have an improved quality of life. The study adds to mounting evidence revealing that cosmetic procedures can have a positive impact on a person’s emotional well being.
“The purpose of cosmetic surgery is to improve a person’s psychological functioning by modifying their body image,” said one plastic surgeon in the study. “This prospective study is important because it demonstrates that objective measurements of a patient’s quality of life are improved after cosmetic surgery.”
Studies before this have shown cosmetic procedures can boost a person’s self esteem. Cynthia Figueroa-Haas, a clinical assistant professor at University of Florida College of Nursing, looked into this positive side effect.
“Many individuals, including health-care providers, have preconceived negative ideas about those who elect to have plastic surgery, without fully understanding the benefits that may occur from these procedures,” said Figueroa-Haas, who conducted the study for her doctoral thesis at Barry University in Miami Shores before joining the UF faculty.
Through the use of questionnaires, Figueroa-Haas found self esteem and sexual desire increased in women after having a breast augmentation. Women reported an 81 percent increase in arousal and a 57 percent increase in sexual satisfaction.
While an improved outlook on life is an endorsement for cosmetic surgery, it’s important for plastic surgeons in San Diego and patients to remember that plastic surgery is not a “cure all.” A patient should choose cosmetic procedures after carefully weighing the risks and rewards and doctor’s should screen patients for psychological red flags before moving forward with any procedure.
One plastic surgeon from New York screens patients for psychological disorders and if he suspects a problem, refers them to a psychiatrist. Although “most surgeons are increasingly aware of a need for psychological screening,” experts warn, “there are unscrupulous people in every field.”
“There may be patients who will never be satisfied with their bodies no matter how much surgery they receive or feel that their life will completely change after plastic surgery,” Figueroa-Haas says on PsychCentral.com. “These are not ideal candidates for surgery and should seek further counseling to address their underlying psychological issues. But for women who seek improvements in certain physical areas, plastic surgery can be a very positive experience.”
Men and women seeking cosmetic surgery in San Diego are urged to call Dr. Kincaid, a board certified plastic surgeon, at 866-BEST IMAGE (866-237-8462). For a look that’s natural, beautiful, and precise, Dr. Kincaid is the plastic surgeon La Jolla turns to for best results. Dr. Kincaid serves the greater San Diego area including Temecula, Escondido, Poway, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S, Rancho Penasquitos, Carmel Mountain, Carmel Valley and all of San Diego’s beach cities.