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what motivates people to have cosmetic surgery?

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Dr. Bauback Safa
20 years experience Plastic Surgery
Usually self-esteem: Using breast aug as an example. In a survey of 3000 women who underwent breast augmentation (plast surg nurs. 2008 oct-dec;28(4):170-4): the majority of women were not at all motivated for surgery to increase their chances of meeting a partner or to please a spouse. Conversely, approximately half of the women were extremely motivated to have breast implant surgery to make themselves feel better.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Quality of life: There has actually been a lot of research on the relationship of attractiveness and youthful appearance to success in life: better looking people are happier, earn more, have better relationships, on and on. Even babies gaze at attractive faces longer so it is something hard-wired in the human brain. So while some take it to extremes (vanity), most people have healthy motives.
Answered on Aug 11, 2015
Dr. Farhad Rafizadeh
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
To look better.: There is always something that people don't like about their looks. For some people this becomes a source of unhappiness. Cosmetic surgery can change that. They just have to make sure they choose a qualified and board certified plastic surgeon and do their homework to get the improvement that they are looking for.
Answered on Sep 9, 2013
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
46 years experience Plastic Surgery
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Jan 14, 2012
Dr. Francisco Agullo
20 years experience Plastic Surgery
Personal: People undergo cosmetic procedures for a range of personal reasons. Improvement in appearance is an obvious reason. Improved self esteem is often a secondary benefit. Most patients desire to look how they feel.
Answered on Jul 20, 2012
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
40 years experience Geriatrics
Improve socially: People with better looks get more social acceptance, they get better jobs, earn more salaries, attract more people to them, feel less depression and have better self image. Imaging your face all burnt with scars or having large tumors in your face or a girl that no boy gets inloved at. Unfortunately human beings have an innate preference for beauty and rejection for ugliness.
Answered on Jan 23, 2012
Dr. Otto Placik
34 years experience Plastic Surgery
Self esteem : Most people are motivated to have plastic surgery to improve their self esteem and confidence that they cannot achieve by other means.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Michael Burgdorf
20 years experience Plastic Surgery
To Be More Confident: In my experience, the reasons seem to come back to a confidence factor. This can stem from wanting to look as good as you feel, wanting to change a problem area that will not go away with diet, exercise and lifestyle changes, to fit into clothing better, or to regain a pre-pregnancy figure. Whatever the reason for surgery, patients want to feel more confident which increases happiness.
Answered on Oct 8, 2015
Dr. David Sherris
33 years experience Facial Plastic Surgery
Personal reasons: some want to look younger, some want to look better, some want to treat a perceived abnormality and so on. The decision is personal to each patient.
Answered on Jun 12, 2017
Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
41 years experience Plastic Surgery
It Solves Something: Every person is unique, but plastic surgery procedures solve something personal to each patient, whether that be strictly in appearance (lip augmentation), health reasons (panniculectomy), or reconstructive surgery to address an injury or congenital defect. It is human nature to want to look and feel you best and plastic surgery can help you achieve that when other means or methods cannot.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
Dr. Wai Lau
Dr. Wai Lau answered
31 years experience Pediatrics
New narrative : Beside due to injury or birth defects, it creates a new narrative for oneself Whether it would change the inside is totally different story
Answered on Jun 14, 2017
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
41 years experience Plastic Surgery
Many motivations: Many things will motivate a patient to seek Plastic Surgery. The person who lost 100 lbs and does not want to fold up his skin to fit into a pair of pants. the Mother of 4 how just wants her body to not droop in places and be more confident. The girl who won't play sports because she won't put her hair in a ponytail because her ears stick out. All sorts of motivations.
Answered on Oct 28, 2017

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