The Connection Between Plastic Surgery and Self Esteem

Self-esteem is an essential aspect of our lives, affecting- how we perceive ourselves, how we interact with others, and how we cope with challenges. It is therefore, no surprise that people who struggle with low self-esteem may turn to plastic surgery as a means of boosting their confidence. However is plastic surgery truly an effective solution for low self esteem, or a temporary fix for underlying issues.

Plastic surgery has become increasingly popular in recent years, with millions of procedures performed each year. While some individuals may seek out plastic surgery for medical reasons, such as to correct birth defects or injury, many undergo procedures for cosmetic reasons, such as to enhance their appearance or reduce the signs of aging. While plastic surgery can indeed produce a more esthetically pleasing appearance, it is important to note that it is not a solution to deeper emotional distress or concerns.

A Study on Plastic Surgery and Self Esteem

A recent study conducted by the University of Basel examined the effects of plastic surgery on 550 patients in great detail and length. The vast majority reported not only being satisfied with their results but experiences a considerable positive boost in self confidence and overall happiness. Leading cosmetic surgeons, such as Utah Facial Plastics surgeons, take great pride in helping those who desire facial rejuvenation with the most natural results.

The study surveyed patient before surgery, and at 3, 6, and 12 month intervals post surgery. Ninety six percent of the patients who underwent cosmetic procedures reported a consistently favorable outlook, both immediately following their operation and throughout time. The remaining 4% of patients who did not have a positive experience were reported to have had unreasonably high expectations when seeking out plastic surgery. The American Psychological Association has previously stated, “Prior research has found that negative mental outcomes are typically associated with people who have unreasonable expectations of what plastic surgery can achieve, who expect the impossible, or hope it will solve their problems or transform them into a new person.”

A good surgeon will strive to set clear expectations and determine whether or not patients are seeking plastic surgery for the right reasons. As with many patients of Utah Facial Plastics, the vast majority of study patients who undergo plastic surgery report that they “felt healthier, were less anxious, had developed more self-esteem, and felt more attractive.” These benefits are correlated with an increase in overall happiness.

Low self esteem is a complex issue that can be caused by a variety of factors throughout life, such as childhood experiences, negative self-talk, and unrealistic societal standards. While plastic surgery or esthetic self-care may produce a confidence boost, it will likely not address the root causes of low self esteem. In fact, individuals who undergo plastic surgery may find themselves becoming more obsessed with their appearance, leading to further distress or seeking out more procedures to attain perfection.

A Good Experience With Plastic Surgery

To ensure the most positive experience possible, it’s important to choose a plastic surgeon who is well trained and experienced in your specific procedure of interest. As a facial plastic surgeon, Utah Facial Plastics surgeons perform surgical and non-surgical procedures from the neck up on a day to day basis. As dual board certified Ear, Nose, and Throat and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the understands the functional and cosmetic components of the face, which are important when it comes to rhinoplasty, facelift, and other face and neck procedures.

Following facial plastic surgery, Utah Facial Plastic’s patients typically report increased confidence and a fresh outlook on life, which is in line with the results of this study on plastic surgery and self-esteem. They find that others around them do not know what has changed but tell the patient that they look refreshed, rejuvenated, and/or younger. To see results, visit our before and after gallery and read actual testimonials from patients of Utah Facial Plastics.

Patient Reviews On Plastic Surgery

At Utah Facial Plastics, we strive to help patients look and feel their best. Here is what some of our patients have had to say.

“The staff was super friendly and very knowledgeable and answered all my questions. I’ve been wanting to get my lips filled for a couple years now and when I got into the office they made me feel at ease and the process was fast and the results look great.” -A.P.

“The treatments are comprehensive and effective, the staff is professional and courteous, and the experience overall is amazing. I would recommend Utah Facial Plastics to anyone – young or old, male or female!” -T.B.

“For almost 10 years now I have been coming to see Dr. Thompson for my beautification! He is truly a gifted surgeon and I just adore seeing and speaking with him every 6 months for my “upkeep”, Botox, and fillers. He never pushes any procedure on me. I respect his opinions and feel at ease with every procedure I have. I can not say enough about his professionalism as well as his staff. It’s so comforting for me to know I am always in good hands and my outcome is always exactly what I want.” -B.D.

“I have been a member now for over 2 years, BEST MONEY EVER SPENT. Truly. The staff here has bent over backwards to help me with any issue I have ever had, and the quality of service is outstanding. When I started my skin improvement journey a few years back, I tried a few different places and then I found Utah Facial Plastics. I recommend it to everyone I come in contact with, whether they have problems with scarring or other issues or just want to have better skin. Thank you for providing such wonderful care! – L.H.

Plastic surgery and other rejuvenation procedures are a personal choice. We are only here to provide these treatments safely as a means to assist in enhancing ones self features if desired, and to help boost confidence and self-esteem. Utah Facial Plastics is specialized in procedures of the face and neck, including hair restoration.   For more information on world class facial cosmetic procedures offered at Utah Facial Plastics, call (801)776-2220 or contact us to schedule an individualized consultation.

Tips on Boosting Self Esteem

Instead of relying on plastic surgery or other methods of appearance improvement to address low self-esteem, many can benefit from focusing on self-acceptance and self-improvement from within. Building confidence can take time and effort, but it is a worthwhile investment in one’s overall well-being. Here are some tips for building self-esteem:

  1. Practice self-compassion. Treat yourself with kindness and understanding, just as you would a close friend.
  2. Focus on your strengths and goals. Instead of dwelling on your perceived flaws, focus on the things that make you unique and valuable.
  3. Engage in activities that make you feel good about yourself. Whether it’s exercise, volunteering, or pursuing a hobby, engaging in activities that bring you joy and fulfillment can boost self-esteem.
  4. Challenge negative self talk. Notice when you are engaging and replace it with positive affirmations.
  5. Surround yourself with good support and positive people. Seek out relationships who uplift and encourage you, rather than disrupt your space.
  6. Practice self-care. Taking care of your physical and emotional needs can help you to get into a routine and help you feel more self-assured.


While plastic surgery may provide temporary confidence boosts, it is not a solution for low self-esteem. Building self-esteem takes time, effort, and continued practice. It is an investment in yourself, and a valuable one. Instead of relying on plastic surgery or other cosmetic methods, individuals can focus on self-love and self-growth. By doing so, individuals can develop a healthy, positive sense of self esteem that will serve them throughout their lives.  When your overall emotional and mental state is stable and healthy, and you still have a desire to cosmetically enhance something, that is a better time to seek out a professional to discuss you wants and if it is a valid solution to making enhancements or changes.

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