Can Plastic Surgery Alter Your Personality?

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While the vast majority of people seeking aesthetic improvements are looking for slight and natural alterations to reduce structural issues or to restore youthful looks, those who undergo drastic alterations may find they no longer identify with their looks, a psychologist warns.

While some celebrities leave us wondering if they’ve had “work done” others-think: Megan Fox and Heidi Montag-have gone from pretty, girl-next-door to more exotic beauties with the help of plastic surgery techniques. However, Vivian Diller, psychologist and author of “Face It: What Women Really Feel as Their Looks Change and What to Do about It,” told BuzzFeed that removing perceived facial flaws can cause people to lose some of their identity, too.

The alterations can cause them to feel disconnected from their new faces and lose a bit of their self-definition. It can affect their loved ones as well. It’s something Heidi Montag infamously demonstrated when she told the New York Daily News that her mother, “was looking at me like I was a circus freak,” after her 10 plastic surgery treatments in 2010.

Diller says that the identity we create about our looks takes hold in adolescence, so the mental acceptance of the changes may take some time to catch up with the surgical changes.

What do you think? Do drastic procedures like Heidi Montag’s or Megan Fox’s alter their personalities or the way people perceive their personalities?

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