14 March 2013

Woman with vibrant skinThe largest ever study into the psychological effects of cosmetic surgery has found that patients generally get more enjoyment from life and their self-esteem increases after their treatments. Dr Jurgen Magraf of the Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany, along with colleagues from the University of Basel, Switzerland, investigated the psychological effects reported by 550 patients after they had undergone various treatments. With no underlying difference between three groups included in the study those who had undergone surgery for the first time, a group which had wanted surgery but decided against it, and a group of people who have never shown any interest in cosmetic procedures Dr Magraf and his team noted that a big majority of those who had undergone surgery set what they considered attainable goals which they wanted their surgical procedures to achieve. Testing patients before their surgery, and then at regular intervals up to a year afterwards, the psychologists found that, in the main, patients claimed to have achieved the goals they set for their surgery. They felt healthier, were less anxious, and had developed more self-esteem. And not only were they happier about the part of their body which had been operated on, but felt the rest of their bodies were, in the main, more attractive as a result. And, having recorded no instances of adverse effects, Dr Magraf concluded in an article for "The researchers were able to establish a high level for the average treatment success of the cosmetic surgery, also in terms of psychological characteristics."