It is very interesting when talking to many patients who are considering cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery. The answer to these questions are without doubt linked, particularly when contemplating cosmetic procedures in our earlier rather than later years.
Self-esteem is confidence in one’s own worth or abilities and self-respect
|synonyms:||self-respect, self-regard, pride in oneself/one’s abilities, faith in oneself, pride, dignity, morale, self-confidence, confidence, self-assurance, assurance; amour propre|
‘In psychology, the term self-esteem is used to describe a person’s overall sense of self-worth or personal value. In other words, how much you appreciate and like yourself. Self-esteem is often seen as a personality trait, which means that it tends to be stable and enduring. Self-esteem can involve a variety of beliefs about yourself, such as the appraisal of your own appearance, beliefs, emotions, and behaviours.’
The fact is, self-esteem or self-confidence can be eroded by others. And when this happens, people can be driven to making decisions about undertaking cosmetic procedures.
We find that most patients have been contemplating surgical procedures for quite a long time before making the decision to visit or meet with a surgeon privately.
This meeting usually entails discussing a variety of less invasive procedures as well as a full and frank discussion to give them a better understanding of what the surgery will entail.
There is no doubt that for some, undergoing cosmetic surgery may help them feel better about both themselves and their body image.
I always recommend that there should be a link between quality of life, self-esteem and involving family and friends in the decision-making process to give a balanced approach. Friends and family will also have a huge influence on the healing process, as this will be the most challenging time for the patient.
Many studies have shown cosmetic procedures to improve self-esteem and be a key element in kickstarting a change in lifestyle and healthier living.
So the answer to the question is like the question itself. It is complex, usually driven by the individuals themselves, and fortunately a step that’s no longer frowned upon as being shallow, narcissistic or flawed. It is almost an everyday occurrence and acceptance amongst peers, friends and family can help make those considering cosmetic procedures more empowered and comfortable in doing so.