Other Magazines Omit Psychological Surgery Risks

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At NewBeauty, our goal is give you the most thorough and up-to-date information about plastic surgery, including its emotional impact. It appears, however, that we may be unique in our meticulousness.

A 2008 study looked at 35 cosmetic surgery articles in five popular American and Canadian women’s magazines- Cosmopolitan, O: The Oprah Magazine, Prevention, Chatelaine and Flare-and found that they often portray cosmetic surgery as a routine part of women’s beauty regimens, with emotional risks mentioned only 18% of the time. The researchers are most concerned about those who seek out surgery for questionable reasons and with unrealistic expectations, noting that dissatisfaction with their results could have a serious psychological impact.

“These magazines are promising an emotional health boost and that’s not necessarily going to be the outcome,” University of British Columbia researcher Andrea Polonijo told the AFP. “They might want to consider presenting a more balanced view.”

In every issue of NewBeauty, along with balanced information, you’ll find an “Are You Ready?” test to ensure your motivations for surgery are sound. If your emotional health isn’t stable or you believe plastic surgery will change who you are, you may not be a good candidate.

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