Advice From a Toronto Plastic Surgeon | Will Plastic Surgery Make You Happier?

Your appearance is one of many factors that are linked to your self-esteem

Although in many instances, physical alterations made during plastic surgery can be life-changing and can help us feel great about how we look, it is important to be aware that plastic surgery alone cannot be expected to make a person happy.

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Plastic Surgery Cannot Solve Underlying Problems

While the transformations made with plastic surgery can greatly improve an individual’s body image and self-confidence, surgery alone cannot resolve underlying problems. Much of how we feel about our appearance is related to thoughts, feelings, and the influences in our lives. Therefore, plastic surgery cannot not reduce symptoms of depression or cure deep-seated negative feelings about ourselves. In addition, people who undergo surgery to please others rather than themselves will not be satisfied with the results. Unfortunately, when someone is driven to make a change by their partner, they may hope that the surgery will resolve issues in the relationship. Likewise, some individuals seek surgery during times of crisis, such as after the dissolution of a marriage. Any surgery and careful recovery period can be a stressful experience. The timing will not be good if you are already dealing with a lot of stress. Plastic surgery is an excellent and appropriate option for many people, but it is a very personal and individual decision that should be made when you are in the right state of mind. Plastic surgery should not replace necessary therapy or lifestyle changes.

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Plastic surgery is an excellent and appropriate option

Self-Esteem

If there is something about your appearance that bothers that you, you may choose to undergo plastic surgery to minimize or alter that perceived imperfection. In addition, cosmetic surgery can help restore a more youthful appearance by smoothing skin and reducing the signs of aging. With so many of us concerned about the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin, it is no wonder that in many instances, surgery has a significant effect on self-perception and confidence. In fact, a recent study revealed that 2 years after their procedure, 93% of the study’s participants reported that they were happier with their appearance and would have the surgery again. If you are considering a cosmetic procedure, Toronto plastic surgeon, Dr. Cory Torgerson, will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to help boost your confidence and improve appearance.

Body dysmorphia

While the majority of patients report being happy with the results of their surgery, a small percentage are never fully satisfied, as they immediately shift their critical eye to another part of their body. Unfortunately, individuals with body dysmorphic disorder have a distorted perception of their own appearance and constantly focus on what they perceive to be flaws. Plastic surgery cannot resolve this condition, because once surgery is complete, patients will begin to think about the next procedure and will therefore never be satisfied with the results. While many dramatic improvements are possible, perfection is not a realistic goal to begin with.

During your thorough, one-on-one consultation with Toronto plastic surgeon Dr. Torgerson, he will listen to your concerns and reasons for considering the surgical procedure to ensure that you get the most from the experience. He cares that his patients are happy with their results, and he always has their best interests at heart.

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