An interesting study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons shows that cosmetic surgery procedures can act as a mood and confidence enhancer. The research focused on 362 patients, 61 of whom were taking antidepressants at the time of their surgery.
Six months after surgery, the number of patients on antidepressants dropped to 42. Additionally, a whopping 98% of patients said that cosmetic surgery had markedly improved their self-esteem.
While it would be a stretch to say that plastic surgery alone is responsible for the decrease in antidepressant use, it is evident that the surgery factor warrants deeper investigation. It’s also imperative to share your full psychiatric history with your surgeon, as some clinically depressed patients may not be good candidates for surgery.
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