The Psychology of Plastic Surgery

Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Nearby Areas of Arizona

The surgeons at Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery have their patient’s best interest in mind, at all times. This is evident during patient consultations. The doctors are adamant about asking thorough questions, and although some may argue it’s not a plastic surgeon’s job to question a patient’s reasoning for plastic surgery, we beg to differ.

The last thing Dr. Ali Mosharrafa and Dr. Tamir Mosharrafa want are for patients to be dissatisfied with their decision and end results. The surgeons are dedicated to providing every patient with the outcome they are looking for and want to ensure every patient is making this permanent decision for the right reasons.

On the topic of making informed decisions, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery released a study regarding the number of nonsurgical and surgical cosmetic procedures that took place in the year 2013. The results were staggering.

  • More than 11 million nonsurgical and surgical cosmetic procedures were preformed in 2013
  • Since 1997, there has been a 279% increase in the total number of cosmetic procedures.
  • Surgical procedures (like liposuction and breast augmentation) increased by 89%
  • Nonsurgical procedures (like injectables and chemical peels) saw a monstrous increase of 521%.

These numbers have us wondering: Does plastic surgery really boost a person’s psychological well-being? According to the American Psychological Association, results on the subject are mixed. An analysis* of 37 studies on patients’ psychological and psychosocial functioning before and after cosmetic surgery suggested positive outcomes in patients (i.e. improvement in self-esteem, quality of life, etc.).

But, a similar study published in an issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found signs of poor cosmetic surgery outcomes, especially for individuals who had a history of depression and anxiety.

Patients from the study were more likely to request repeat procedures or experience depression, social isolation, self-destructive behaviors and anger toward the surgeon and his or her staff.

This is why the surgeons at Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery ask questions and get to know the patient thoroughly. Providing the best results and ensuring patient satisfaction is the center’s top priority.

If you wish to set up a consultation with one of our surgeons, please do not hesitate to call us at our Phoenix location. We are easily accessible and here to help. Call us now at (602) 513-8133.

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

*Analysis source: http://www.apa.org/monitor/sep05/surgery.aspx

 
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