More Than Skin Deep: The Mental & Physical Benefits of Plastic Surgery



Celebrities are the most commonly thought of group of people that come to mind when most hear the term “plastic surgery”. If you think plastic surgery is just for the vain and wealthy, think again.

Cosmetic surgery has become increasingly popular through recent years, much due to advanced techniques that provide more natural results and more less-invasive procedures.  There is also less stigma attached to plastic surgery and many find that cosmetic procedures are more affordable today than in previous years. Read “Four Reasons Plastic Surgery is on the Rise” for more in-depth information.

Also important to mention is the long-term mental and physical benefits of plastic surgery patients are experiencing. Psychologists recently investigated the psychological effects of plastic surgery on approximately 550 patients. Those that went through with their cosmetic procedures reported more enjoyment in life, a boost in motivation, and higher satisfaction and self-esteem than those that did not. The majority of participants reported realistic goals, expressing wishes such as to “feel better”, “eliminate blemishes” and “develop more self-confidence”. Realistic goals and expectations are essential to the outcome of any cosmetic procedure.

Dr. Thompson’s patient featured above received a facelift two years ago and has shared with Dr. Thompson the positive impact it it has on her life. She experienced a real boost in motivation and found herself applying for positions in her profession and in the community that she had not had the confidence to apply for previously.

Many patients often report feeling less anxious about a particular area of their body following plastic surgery. By addressing a physical “problem area”, such as a large bump on the bridge of the nose or overly prominent ears, the social anxiety previously experienced can often be eliminated following plastic surgery.

There are health benefits that result from plastic surgery as well. Droopy eyelids that impair ones eyesight and leave them with a tired appearance can be corrected with an eyelid lift. Rhinoplasty surgery can provide a more aesthetically pleasing appearance and correct ones breathing problems as well.

When considering plastic surgery, it’s important to consult with a experienced, board-certified surgeon that can answer your questions openly and honestly regarding your procedure of interest. For information on all facial cosmetic procedures offered by Dr. Thompson, call (801)776-2220 for a free consultation. To stay up to date on advancements in facial plastic surgery, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.

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