How to Prepare for the Emotional and Psychological Effects of Plastic Surgery

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 General News
Email Print This Page Comment bookmark
Font : A-A+

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.

Psychological Effects

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 (, 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:

  1. Establish a strong support system (with friends and relatives).
  2. Set up your recuperation space with everything you need, including diversions, food, water, and a telephone.
  3. Stay near a bathroom while healing.
  4. Keep the end result in mind.
  5. Eat well, drink plenty of water, and get lots of rest.
  6. Avoid alcohol.
  7. Let your support team help you while you heal.
  8. Follow your surgeon's post-operative instructions about medications and activity.
  9. Don't judge your appearance while you're still swollen, bruised, or stitched.
  10. 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 ( or 858-452-1981.

This press release was issued through eReleases(R).  For more information, visit eReleases Press Release Distribution at

SOURCE La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
I agree to the terms and conditions

News A - Z


News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Find a Doctor

Press Release Category

Press Release Archive

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store