Q: Are there psychological risks associated with plastic surgery?
A: Anytime you alter the appearance of your body, there are a number of risks, both psychological and physical.
We spend a lot of time addressing the physical risks, but psychological risks can occur when an individual doesn’t have realistic expectations. Unrealistic expectations about cosmetic surgery may create a situation where a patient may be dissatisfied with their appearance despite an otherwise successful procedure. If, after consulting with a prospective patient, I feel that the individual does not have realistic expectations about how surgery will affect their relationships and feelings of self-esteem, then I let them know that surgery is probably not the best decision.
Lack of support from friends and family can also pose a risk to a patient’s emotional health.
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