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Why Does Plastic Surgery Make People So Happy?

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Ever notice how refreshed and rejuvenated some people seem once they’ve undergone cosmetic surgery? There’s a reason for it! Plastic surgery has been proven to infuse patients with a long-lasting positive feelings when they see the results and experience the difference those results make in their daily lives.

The Science Behind the Smiles

Ruhr Universität of the University of Basel compared the life experiences of individuals who have undergone plastic surgery to those who have not. His research found that plastic surgery patients enjoyed a more positive quality of life. After plastic surgery, patients reported feeling:

  • Less depressed
  • Less anxious
  • Increased self-esteem levels
  • More confidence
  • More attractive
  • Healthier
  • More in tune with their bodies

However, it’s important to note realistic expectations, following post-op instructions, and communication with your surgeon all help patients to feel satisfied and happy with the results of their surgery.

Keeping It Real

Following instructions during the recovery process are both essential. You won’t always be able to hop straight from the operating table and into the pool. Depending on the procedure, it may be a few weeks before the perfectly normal swelling goes down and mild bruising fades. If you follow the post-op instructions for bandaging, the use of pain medication, and when you can return to work and other regular activities, you are far more likely to be satisfied with the results of your surgery.

Communicating with your surgeon, and establishing in detail the expected outcome, also increases your chances of establishing a happier, healthier life for yourself. Universität’s study revealed that individuals who underwent plastic surgery to achieve natural results enjoyed the most satisfaction with their results. Rather than viewing plastic surgery as “correction,” they instead felt their bodies finally aligned with how they perceived themselves internally.

For more about why plastic surgery makes people so happy, read these testimonials from Dr. Livingston’s satisfied patients here.

Houston Plastic Surgery Solutions

Dr. Chris Livingston is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over a decade of experience in serving the Houston area with a wide array of procedures. He devotes himself entirely helping people improve their quality of life, and works one-on-one with each patient to ensure he or she achieves the results they desire. Schedule a consultation today.