Plastic Surgery Psychotherapy - Poor Body Image Counseling - Self-esteem Therapy NYC, New York

Therapy: Under the Knife

"Emotional Influences of Plastic Surgery"

Considering plastic surgery whether reconstructive or cosmetic is a major decision involving motivation and understanding of medical and emotional risks. Expectations cover a broad spectrum from repairing traumatic injury to the body from cancer or accidents to improving a wide range of perceived “imperfection”. Body image involved can also span from fairly satisfied overall to very poor. Expectations of the surgery can involve relief from annoyance over a certain body feature to predominantly a fantasy about becoming more lovable. This latter motivation, often documented with individuals suffering from poor body image and body dysmorphic disorder, frequently leads to an endless quest to relieve an incessant sense of “imagined ugliness”; a prolonged process often depleting finances and igniting profound disappointment.

It is imperative for an individual to have a fairly clear understanding of what they want to accomplish from plastic surgery in light of their sense of self and self-esteem. This is especially important after divorce, break-up or depressive episode. The rapid rise in the adolescent population seeking plastic surgery is especially vulnerable to peer pressure around physical beauty ignoring medical facts involving continuation of growth until, in some cases, age 21. Body Dysmorphic Disorder most commonly develops in adolescence. If the major incentive is significantly dependent on influencing others, the intended result of surgery will most probably will be one of disillusionment.

Psychotherapy can help distinguish various sources of motivation in seeking plastic surgery, exploring often harsh and unattainable beauty standards that hold a false implication that if reached one will be worthy of love . Frequently, these ideals are related to long standing struggles over accepting not only the body- self but overall self-worth often influenced by traumatic relational experiences.

Woman Planning for Plastic Surgery