Does Plastic Surgery Improve Self Esteem?
Confidence. Self esteem. Personal value. Many people deal with issues surrounding these ideas, and how we address them will impact our everyday lives for years to come.
Whether you want to look more youthful for the dating world, or you want to simply look in the mirror and be happier with what you see, physical image can have an incredibly powerful effect on how you feel about yourself. This, in turn, will often impact your interactions with others.
When I take on a new patient for elective plastic surgery, I want to make clear the reasons for coming in. But, many people will often forgo a surgical solution because, they believe, vanity is all-in-all a negative thing.
But if you ask yourself how you feel when you look in the mirror, you may not realize that answer will have the impact it typically does. This is why elective plastic surgery should not be discounted as a shallow solution.
Research backs up this claim. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery published an article on a study that draws clear links between elective surgery and boosted self-esteem.
It Doesn’t Stop at Self-Esteem
The connection doesn’t stop at self-esteem, either. Patients showed clear improvements in their outlook on life, conditions of anxiety and depression, and reported feeling happy more often.
Studies like this, to me, prove that the barrier between physical and emotional well-being are more blurred than people think. Though self-esteem issues are in essence psychological, there is a clear connection between mental well-being and outlook on physical appearance.
Here’s a comparable example. The research is exhaustive between regarding the connection between exercise and mental health. Very often, people who are diagnosed with clinical depression are—in tandem with prescriptions—advised to incorporate exercise into their daily routines. The release of endorphins during exercise is proven to have a positive impact on mood, and the regular release of these endorphins can change the wiring in your brain.
Other studies will link creative endeavors with feelings of accomplishment and overall happiness, which further proves that our interior lives can be positively affected by our external reality, physical appearance included.
Considering aesthetic plastic surgery is simply another tool in your arsenal for being the person you’ve always wanted to be. But, the most important thing to realize is that it’s not wrong to be unhappy with your appearance. The only question is, what are you going to do about it?
The world over, people go on diets, start exercising, or undergo a makeover to change their physical appearance. My question is, what is the difference between those methods of changing yourself, and elective plastic surgery?
And, with all the information out there about how life-changing taking your image into your own hands can be, why wouldn’t you consider elective plastic surgery just another method of bettering yourself?
Happiness = Doing More
Here’s food for thought—people who are happier tend to do more that will further better their state of mind. This could include many things, such as developing long-lasting and fruitful relationships, being more engaged in your profession or vocation, or being more open to different experiences. The value of taking a proactive approach to cultivating our own happiness is insurmountable, not only for us, but for the people around us.
Once that relationship between ourselves and the world around us is improved, it becomes a cycle of constant betterment—being happier makes you more resilient, and being more resilient leads to longer-lasting happiness.
So, if you ask me about why you should consider elective plastic surgery, I would say you couldn’t find a more permanent way to open doors to increasing your self-esteem.