The Underlying Threats of Plastic Surgery

Although reports frequently surface concerning botched plastic surgery procedures, we are more often bombarded with positive (often celebrity) experiences going under the knife. But what about the other, lesser known costs of cosmetic surgery? A recent Forbes blog asks experts to “detail the full spectrum of unintended physical, emotional and cultural side effects that may make you think twice about taking nature into your own hands.”

You may have heard about a recent study that found that while liposuction destroys fat cells from one chosen area of the body, when weight is inevitably put back on, it will distribute unevenly to less flattering areas, like the upper abdomen, back and arms. Anne Wallace, chief of plastic surgery at University of California, San Diego Health System, put it best, saying, “Any time you tamper with the body’s balance, you risk creating new problem areas.” A tummy tuck can make thighs look disproportionate, and plumper lips could make a normal-sized nose appear obtrusive.

The article also details hidden threats that lie beneath the skin. Cultural, societal and emotional issues are deeply entangled in dramatically altering ones’ appearance. After undergoing surgery, sometimes a patient or her doctor may realize that an underlying issue exists, like body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Patients with BDD “[exaggerate] flaws to the point of delusion, imagining a minor imperfection as a hideous disfigurement.” This can lead the patient to shift focus to a new body part obsession post-op.

Despite how unattractive the aforementioned issues with plastic surgery are, there is still a nastier underlying threat involved in each cosmetic procedure – “Perhaps the most insidious threat of a cosmetic change is the response by others,” says the article. Intentions to gain an edge at work or improve a romantic relationship are often met with unexpected reactions, like becoming the center of office gossip or having your significant other believe you are trying to attract another mate, respectively.

Before any procedure, your doctor warns you about potential side effects of surgery; but it’s important never to discount the role that mental and emotional health play before, during and after each procedure. At Palm Beach Plastic Surgery, we care about each and every patient that walks through our doors. Dr. Frederic Barr has maintained a flawless track record for over two decades, and is considered one of the top plastic surgeons in West Palm Beach. To find out more, contact us today at 561-833-4122.

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