First and foremost, when you are thinking about a cosmetic enhancement, you have to consider if your body is in good enough shape to undergo the procedure. For instance, if it’s liposuction or a tummy tuck you’re after, you should be close to your desired weight and exercise regularly to get the best results from the surgery.
While your physical well being is extremely important, it is also of course important to be in sound mind when opting to alter the appearance of your face and body. We’ve all seen celebrities who have gone overboard with procedures perhaps due to poor mental health. After all, your psychological state is just as important as your physical state when considering plastic surgery. This is why, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, scientists at the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at the University of the West of England in Bristol have developed the first study to implement a psychological screening tool for prospective plastic surgery patients. They say the screening could help manage patient expectations before surgery and improve surgical satisfaction after the fact.
“The screening process is designed to provide a more thorough exploration of the rationale for surgery, and offers a strong indication of whether or not surgery is the appropriate choice for a patient,” says UWE Bristol psychology professor Nichola Rumsey, who developed the study.
“Psychological assessment is an important part of any patient’s aesthetic surgery episode and should be routine,” the study states.
With the popularity of plastic surgery procedures growing significantly in recent years, both in America and abroad, it’s no wonder such studies are being developed. However, whether or not a mandatory screening will come into action is yet to be seen.
What do you think? Should plastic surgery patients first be psychologically analyzed before they are allowed to go through with surgery?
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