How to Prepare for the Emotional and Psychological Effects of Plastic Surgery
SAN DIEGO, May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Improving self-esteem is a common reason to have cosmetic surgery, but does it really deliver? Four decades of scientific studies have confirmed that the vast majority of patients are satisfied with their results. Less studied, however, are the psychological effects of those cosmetic procedures.
While people who have cosmetic surgery seek positive physical changes, they may also want more. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), attractive people are perceived as more intelligent, healthy, sociable, and dominant than the average person. People who have cosmetic surgery may be seeking to gain (or regain) those advantages.
Negative psychological effects of cosmetic surgery include depression, self-destructive behavior, and adjustment difficulties. These effects usually are temporary and occur during the healing process, before the final result of the procedure is apparent to the patient. Patients with unrealistic expectations are more likely to be dissatisfied with the final results of their cosmetic procedures.
At La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre (http://www.ljcsc.com), all their plastic surgeons spend as much time as needed during a consultation to fully explain what a procedure can and cannot correct. The consultation is an important opportunity for both patient and doctor to get to know one another and for the surgeon to understand the patient's goals.
Most patients are pleased with the outcome of their cosmetic surgery and feel better about themselves afterward. To avoid any negative psychological effects of cosmetic surgery, make sure your goals are realistic. Do your research before you consider any operation. And listen to your surgeon during your consultation.
Tips for a Positive Experience
Here are ten ways to minimize the psychological impacts of cosmetic surgery during your healing process:
- Establish a strong support system (with friends and relatives).
- Set up your recuperation space with everything you need, including diversions, food, water, and a telephone.
- Stay near a bathroom while healing.
- Keep the end result in mind.
- Eat well, drink plenty of water, and get lots of rest.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Let your support team help you while you heal.
- Follow your surgeon's post-operative instructions about medications and activity.
- Don't judge your appearance while you're still swollen, bruised, or stitched.
- When in doubt, call your surgeon.
About La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre
LJCSC is located in the Scripps/XIMED Medical Building on the Scripps Memorial Hospital Campus, at 9850 Genessee Avenue, Suite 130, in La Jolla, CA. 858-452-1981.
Media Contact:Marie Olesen, CEO, La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre (http://www.ljcsc.com) or 858-452-1981.
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SOURCE La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre