Breast Implants: Psychological Effects on Self Esteem

How we are perceived by others can sometimes get to us, but it can also be productive when channeled the right way. However, there are those who dare to go the extra mile just to leave the best impression. One of these measures would be getting surgical cosmetic procedures, with breast implants among the most popular. For the patient, it seems like the best solution and everything shall be alright as soon as they get these implants. But that is definitely not the case.

Establishing the Beauty Truth

On the outside, people who are blessed with great looks appear to have it easier as they appear to be more confident or happier than those who are not so well endowed with captivating profiles. Ironically, that is not exactly the truth. Psychological studies have shown that happiness is just as elusive as it is for the beautiful ones as it is for the others. In order to get a more accurate picture of happiness for people in general, you need to know the differential consequences of self-perceptions and other’s perceptions as far as physical attractiveness is concerned.

Beauty Doesn’t Guarantee Happiness

Having established that, the studies have revealed that there is no relationship between others’ standards of attractiveness and the person’s happiness. This simply, and surprisingly, means that the more physically attractive ones are not happier on average.

On the other hand, and more importantly so, the self-perceptions of physical attractiveness significantly and positively relate to the person’s happiness. Such findings prove that it is easy for people to feel unattractive compared to other’s perception about you. At the end of it all, no other opinion shall matter except for your opinion, no matter how far it is from the reality of things.

Considering the mentioned statements, you get to have a bigger perspective on how breast augmentation affects the patients after the procedure. A lot of patients get their augmentations for different reasons. However, for those who get the procedure to come out more attractive after, they should know exactly what they are getting themselves into.

Studies have shown a wide variety of reactions and outcomes from the surgery. This includes anxiety, depression, social phobia, and body dysmorphia on the downside, especially when unrealistic expectations are set and not achieved. On the other hand, when the procedure is sought with realistic expectations and achieved through qualified surgeons, it offers life satisfaction, self-efficacy, self-esteem, and goal attainment. In the end, it all boils down to expectations.

When Expectations Don’t Meet Reality

Women have different reasons for getting breast augmentation. There are those who have asymmetrical breasts, underdeveloped ones, and the ones that need reconstruction because of cancer. Such reasons normally lead to an improvement in one’s self-esteem. But if your unhappiness is an overall situation and is not focused on one part of the body, the breast implants will not give you the happiness that you need.

That is why most women who desire for breast augmentation do not really suffer from body image problems and are less embarrassed about their breasts to the point that they spent less time worrying about how they look. They wanted to fix that one part of their body and that’s it.

An Important Reality

Unlike diamonds, implants do not really last forever. The truth is, a majority of patients have at least another implant after the first. More importantly, the breasts actually change naturally as a woman ages and this should be included in the bigger picture when the patients are just starting to know more about breast augmentation. At the end of the day, the implants should look as great as the body that hosts it and this makes breast augmentation a lifelong commitment. By giving the patient this bigger picture, the expectations are accurately set and the patient is conditioned for the long haul.

The Psychological Issues

Pre-Operation Blues

Oftentimes the women who want to get this procedure come into the clinic to improve issues on self-confidence and self-image. Such concerns just make it so easy for the women to feel unattractive and they are not exactly the best jump-off points toward getting their boobs done.

From that situation, a lot of patients are not properly informed about the procedure before they had them. This lack of preparation usually happens when the concern of the surgeon is just the money that he shall earn from the patient as he chooses to highlight the financial cost of the procedure and not the physical and emotional ones. Some surgeons push for the patient to get the procedure that they leave out the other risks such as deflation or breakage. Though they are pretty rare, such concern should still be discussed.

Post-Surgery Issues

Choosing to get breast augmentation is understandably a psychologically draining experience for the women who want it. To make it complicated, every woman has a different reaction to the procedure, depending on mental state and motivation for getting the procedure in the first place and the accuracy of the expectations.

Like when the woman sees the boob job as an empowering tool and fails to get the attention of the people who matter to her the most, it will be a big blow to the reality that she has always dreamed off. For this reason, a careful evaluation of the situation should be done before finally getting it done on the patient.

Possible Negative Effects of Uninformed Breast Augmentation on the Brain

When reality and expectations are not met, some very dire consequences can happen to the woman who is now left with two silicone implants inside her.

The great disappointment that they had from results of the surgery deeply affected their self-esteem and self-confidence, causing them to be severely depressed. It is sad to note that they believed the procedure would give them a new life and create a new person out of them, but in the end, the surgery simply highlighted the flaws instead. It is for this reason that surgeons who recognize such women should refer them to a psychologist first before performing anything at all, as realistic expectations are essential before going in.

That is why it is crucial that the seriousness of getting a boob job done is leveled off from the beginning during consultation. An honest discussion between patient and doctor must be established to carefully cover all the details about the procedure — from expectations, how the procedure will be done, and all the possible effects and post-surgery activities that need to be done.

Get things right from the start of your breast augmentation surgery. Call us now at Esteem Cosmetic Studio to schedule your consultation with our board-certified doctors. Or simply fill-out our inquiry forms today!

 

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