New study shows post surgery self esteem rises – Is it what we want from Plastic Surgery?
A new study recently published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery showed that people in China are feeling much better after a surgery comparing to the pre-surgery period. To be more specific the study showed that young women had an increased post surgery self-esteem, a feeling of confidence in one’s ability.
The team that carried out the research with Dr. Jincai Fan, MD as a leader, examined the correlation of psychological aspects with the decision to opt for a cosmetic surgery and the surgery’s results. A group of 161 patients were examined and compared with a control group of 355 people. Also another group of 268 raters (of facial appearance) were necessary to complete the study.. the patients completed pre and post operation (6 months later) questionnaires to give the necessary data for the study to be completed.
The results are interesting (or maybe not). It seems that self esteem is lower in future patients comparing to the control group. Things change 6 months after surgery! At that moment it seems that the self esteem of patients is almost equal to this of the control group. Another also interesting result is that the Raters group rate patients appearance with (not significantly) lower scores comparing to the control group.
As for the conclusion of the study: “Self-esteem and self-efficacy mediate the negative effects of self-assessment on the decision of young women to undergo facial cosmetic surgery. The impairment of self-esteem and self-efficacy may indicate the need for preoperative psychological intervention”.
Which brings uss to the question whether self esteem issues justify such procedures? And is psychological safety actually improved after such procedures, or the patients just temporarily feel better while new issues will appear later? In other words can self esteem issues be drastically solved by means of outward changes? Or it is a matter of inner change?
You need to answer on your own!