Board Certified
Plastic Surgeon
Since 1989

Plastic Surgery and Self-Esteem

 

Plastic surgery and high self-esteem are directly linked. Dr. Widder discusses a recent study by European researchers from Researchers from Ruhr Universität and the University of Basel that confirms the vast numbers of anecdotal evidence seen in patients across the country following cosmetic surgery procedures.

Q: You have used your talent and skill to sculpt some of the D.C. area’s nicest looking bodies.  What do you think is the relationship between plastic surgery and self-esteem?

In my experience, the effect of plastic surgery on self-esteem is very positive.  I see it all the time with my patients.   I often receive thanks from patients and they tell me how much of a difference the physical changes have made in their lives.  They feel good about themselves and have more confidence.  A recent study has talked about this.  Plastic surgery can definitely improve self-esteem.

Q: Would you talk more about the study? 

Yes. The study showed that a better self-image and overall happiness is a common result of plastic surgery procedures.  It even goes on to explain that when many of the patients experience high self-esteem, their overall enjoyment of life increases as well.  The people in the survey weren’t out to transform their lives, but only to enhance a particular body part, so it is exciting to me that overall life improvement is also a common result.

More specifically, the study looked at people who had opted for surgery as opposed to those who didn’t.  Greater feelings of health and self-esteem were noted in the surgery recipients, as well as fewer feelings of anxiety.  They also felt more attractive, not only with respect to the body part that was enhanced, but overall.  No adverse effects were observed, so that is very good news.

Q: If someone is considering plastic surgery, are there any times in life you feel are best to make those changes?

Anytime it suits the individual is the best time, but it is often a good thing to do when one is at a crossroads in life.  It might be a divorce, a midlife crisis, career change or even after a bout of unemployment.  It is spring now, and that can be great timing.  Spring is a time of energetic rebirth, so it can be perfect occasion for stepping out, being bold, and discovering plastic surgery as a way to enhance life and getting ready for the summer.

Dr. Shlomo Widder, the “D.C. Butt Doctor,” offers premium services to fit every cosmetic surgery need in Northern Virginia, the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and beyond. To find out more about the WidderCosmetic & Plastic SurgeryCenter, stop by during office hours: 9 – 5pm, Mon – Fri, or visit our website at: www.widderplasticsurgery.com.

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