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Self Esteem and Plastic Surgery

Written by Karl Perera BA, MA, DipLC
Updated: September 3rd, 2020

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Is Plastic Surgery for You? Why Do Some People Feel the Need for Surgery?

Countless people have often wondered what it would be like to get plastic surgery. It does not matter who you are or where you live at one point or another there has always been something that you wish that you could change about your appearance. Some people are simply content to live with their appearance. However, an increasing number of people are choosing to have plastic surgery to change what they deem as physical imperfections and to improve their self esteem.

It has long been known that appearance is linked to self esteem. An increasing number of celebrities and other famous people are getting plastic surgery to maintain or change their appearance and body image. They rely upon their physical appearance to maintain their confidence and self esteem. All of these qualities combined contribute to the famous person maintaining their status and employment among the elite of Hollywood. It is often difficult to turn on the television without seeing yet another famous person getting some sort of enhancing treatments such as a face lift or botox injection.

Changing your physical attributes undoubtedly will change your outlook on life. If you feel more comfortable in your own skin then your outlook on life is bound to change as well. In general, you will be much happier and you will be able to concentrate more on the quality of your personal and professional life due to the fact that you will not be distracted by the problems with your own appearance. For women who have had children this can be especially true as her body might have changed in numerous ways. For some mothers their body may have changed so much that they are simply unrecognizable from before. Many women would love to have a tummy tuck, liposuction or even a full body lift due to the weight gain during their pregnancy.

Ever since the occurrence of Size Zero, significant weight loss is one of the most common reasons for people wanting to obtain plastic surgery. Most people can be left with sagging skin and a mis-shapened body as time takes its toll on one’s appearance. Both men and women who have lost a substantial amount of weight can benefit from a full body lift. Some smaller procedures such as a tummy tuck or breast reduction can also create an amazing difference in one’s appearance and self esteem and help you feel more attractive.

Overall, there are numerous procedures that one might consider when getting plastic surgery. As plastic surgery can be quite costly it is important to make sure that it is really something that you wish to have done. In addition, recovery time can range from a couple of weeks to longer than six weeks depending on the procedure that you wish to have done. It is imperative that you get adequate care and take time to rest so that all of the changes have time to heal properly.

In the world that we live in, it is difficult to ignore the social imposition on the standards of beauty. It is quite harsh, but it is a fact that the majority’s preference becomes an unannounced trend. Those who don’t fall under that standard naturally question their image. “Is there something wrong with me?” And so they lose their self esteem. Some see plastic surgery as the answer to that, how about you, will you have anything about your appearance changed just because society imposes on you?

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More about Surgery and Self esteem

So I would agree with what has been said above about surgery and how it may help some who suffer from problems with their self esteem and body image. However, I would not recommend such a drastic approach to everyone. There are certain risks, no matter how small, to having surgery. I would also question why you should need surgery to help you. The best answer to raising your self esteem is to look at your attitudes towards yourself and your appearance and understand what value you have as a person. You are not an object who must look perfect. You are a unique individual, why should you decide that your imperfections, (and we all have them), need correcting for you to feel good about yourself? Do others really care?

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Photo of Karl Perera, MA, DipLC Karl Perera is a fully qualified Life Coach (DipLC), Teacher (MA) and author of Self Esteem Secrets. He has taught at various universities including Durham, Leicester and Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge. He has run since 1997 and is an expert in Self Esteem and Self Confidence.

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