When talking about plastic surgery with my parents, I find that they are not against the idea of plastic surgery. My mom even told me that it’s important to find a significant other with a compatible and nice personality as people can change how they look with plastic surgery but not their personality. My impression was that plastic surgery was something monumental. I thought getting a plastic surgery was like starting a new life. Of course, this stemmed from my misconception that people always dramatically change how they look with plastic surgeries. Well I guess I might have been wrong on that.
This article shows some of the positive boost that small plastic surgery can bring. Dara Schafer from New York State got a nose surgery and her response about having that surgery was thus, “[The biggest change that resulted from my surgery is] more confidence. If you don’t like what you see on the outside, you’re not going to feel good on the inside. Plastic surgery might not be the answer to everything, but it will solve a small portion of it.”. She also mentions that people generally don’t even notice that she got a nose surgery and that she didn’t expect it to change her life. Another case from the article is of Brittany Price from California, who got a breast reduction because she was having trouble with the size of her breasts. Many people assume that people only get breast surgery to make it bigger but Brittany did the opposite because kids at her school made fun of her and she wanted to wear cute clothes that she couldn’t fit.
Another article I found was a study done on people who underwent plastic surgery and followed several months afterwards to see if it had any psychological effect. The result was that, overall, people who underwent surgery had positive boost in “anxiety, social phobia, depression, body dysmorphia, goal attainment, quality of life, life satisfaction, attractiveness, mental and physical health, well-being, self-efficacy and self-esteem.” What I would like to know is the average age of the people in the study. Did age matter at all in how plastic surgery affected people’s psychology?
So maybe it’s not so terrible to get a plastic surgery. However, just like any other controversial issues in the world, I’m sure there are negative effects of plastic surgery too.