Plastic Surgery and Self-Esteem

 Can Plastic Surgery Fix Insecurity?

It is absolutely undeniable that most people in our society are not happy with their appearance. Looking in the mirror, most of us think to ourselves how our appearance could have been enhanced if only that little feature of our body was perfect. Good looks is admired by all, and the ones who possess the same have an edge over the others in the matters where self-confidence is crucial. But what if the good looks are not inherent? What if they are artificially gained through the skills of a surgeon? Will the self-confidence acquired be as satisfactory as the one depicted naturally? All the answers to such queries are showcased below.

Motivational Factors Behind A Plastic Surgery

While we assess the factors that motivate a person to undergo a plastic surgery, some researches may help us to get to the right conclusions. Psychological researches have brought out many facts regarding these factors. It has been quite evident that the ones who exhibit low self-esteem, low life-satisfaction and even lower self-rated attractiveness, are more prone to getting a plastic surgery done to reach the society’s ideals of beauty. This has been a bit more projective among females. Some studies reveal that excessive media consumption may be a reason for the above thoughts to make a place in the individual’s mind. They might want to appear like the people they see in the media. Dissatisfaction from sex life may also account to be one of the reasons for insecurity and may push a person to get a plastic surgery. One may perceive that the reason behind his/her unsuccessful sex life is their low self-rated attractiveness. Sometimes, brutal accidents cause a person to have dislocated appearance which may require a makeover with the help of a plastic surgery.

Psychological Effects of A Plastic Surgery

A plastic surgery may have positive psychological effects or negative ones:

Positive Effects

As discussed above, people tend to go through plastic surgeries when they have low satisfaction from the way they appear. It has been seen that after getting a plastic surgery done, these people gain a lot of self-confidence and self-efficacy. According to the American Psychological Association, a recent study has shown that 87 percent of the patients reported satisfaction from their body image after a year of their cosmetic surgery. Plastic surgeries are seen to be improving people on their self-esteem and rejuvenating a better stance as far as their personality is concerned.

Negative Effects

Plastic surgeries do not always bring about positive effects on a person’s mental being. It may come as a surprise to many that many studies have actually linked unsuccessful plastic surgeries to suicidal attempts. Distorted body image and dissatisfaction from a plastic surgery have quite a lot of times been the reason behind suicides. Plastic surgeries may also cause personality disorders among many who are not as happy with their altered image as they had expected. Also, the ones who had to forcibly go through a plastic surgery due to an unfortunate accident do not look at themselves as they used to. Negative impact of plastic surgeries has been highlighted a bit more among such people.

Can Plastic Surgery Fix Insecurity?

From the above discussion, it can be inferred that plastic surgeries do not always bring about positive outcomes. Instead of fixing insecurities, they may work in the opposite direction, making a person long for his/her original form. Nevertheless, the fact that plastic surgery has positive effects more than half of the time cannot be denied. It has indeed been helpful in securing self-esteem among the ones who were earlier not satisfied with how they looked. Plastic surgery has had encouraging outcomes on the people and going by the statistics, it has indeed been helpful in fixing insecurity for many.