Sunday, May 28, 2023

Does Cosmetic Surgery Improve Emotional Well-being?

Cosmetic surgery is a luxury for some, a necessity for others. There is often judgement cast upon those who choose to use cosmetic surgery to improve their appearance. We often have an ideal we set for our bodies and it can become difficult to reach our goals – for some, impossible. While we often gain a sense of confidence and well-being in other parts of our physical appearance, such as dressing well and taking care of our bodies with beauty rituals, it is common to feel the same sense of peace after altering our bodies to fit what we find most beautiful. You are the only one who has to live in your body every day, and if you’re unhappy with the way you look and feel, cosmetic surgery may be beneficial for you. Here are some of the ways cosmetic surgery might improve your overall emotional well-being.


One of the most common reasons to undergo cosmetic surgery is to feel more confident in your body. Many individuals are not happy with parts of their body – saggy arms, flat butt, sagging breasts. This can cause distress on a daily basis and even increase depression and anxiety in some individuals who just can’t seem to feel comfortable within their skin. One of the best ways to improve physiological well-being by changing your appearance is to try new make-up, get your hair done, or buy a new wardrobe. Cosmetic surgery works exactly the same way, and helps individuals feel less depressed or distraught by the parts of their body with which they are unhappy. Studies show that over 90 percent of women who receive breast augmentations experience improved self-esteem after their procedure, and 64 percent felt their quality of life had improved. Feeling comfortable in your own skin is important, as we are only given one body throughout our lives. Staying as healthy as possible with diet and exercise is important, but this can be difficult for some individuals and cosmetic surgery can be a life-saver to those suffering from low self-esteem due to body image.

Correct disfigurement

Many individuals who choose to receive cosmetic surgery do not have major issues to correct. They may choose to undergo surgery for a small tummy-tuck after pregnancy or correct slight skin sagging in the arms or chin. You may look at some of these individuals and think that the surgery is unnecessary, but it is important to understand that we are able to choose our own path for our bodies and have the right to make alterations wherever we believe necessary for our own well-being. Some individuals who undergo cosmetic surgery, however, aren’t looking for a small tummy-tuck or butt implants to look more like a Karsashian. They are severely disfigured because of an accident or a disease, and cosmetic surgery can make them feel more comfortable in their body and more like themselves again. Breast reconstruction surgery can provide a sense of femininity to women who had to receive mastectomies after breast cancer. A nose job may be performed on someone who severely injured their nose in a terrible accident. For some, cosmetic surgery can be about making slight improvements to a seemingly flawless physique, but to others, it can be a completely necessary experience in improving their well-being and helping them feel whole again.

Practical cures

There are personal reasons we may decide to commit to cosmetic surgery, and a lot of those reasons might have to do with how we look in the mirror. But, there are many practical reasons to undergo cosmetic surgery for reasons other than looking better. One practical reason to turn to cosmetic surgery is the use of botox to cure migraines. This procedure has proven to help migraines in many patients, making it easier to experience life without constant pain. Other practical reasons to receive surgery might be to decrease breast size, as women with large breasts may experience back pain and discomfort while sleeping or doing day-to-day activities. These procedures can also help us improve the way others look at us in public. For example, we can correct issues such as bags under the eyes to help from looking tired at work all the time, avoiding the shame one might feel being judged by our coworkers for not being as awake and alert on the job. Whatever the reason for undergoing cosmetic surgery, it should be your choice when it comes to your own body.

Andy Debolt
Andy is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism. When he isn't writing Andy enjoys water sports and spending time on the golf course.


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