What Are the Psychological After-Effects of Plastic Surgery?

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Well, in general if you find a good board certified plastic surgeon, and you have cosmetic surgery, the vast majority of patients are really happy, and psychologically it's a very positive thing for them. There have actually been studies that have shown that if you have breast implant surgery then it is a good thing for your quality of life.

That been said, plastic surgery can especially if you have a complication cause a major psychological problems. So if you're on psychiatric medications, you may want to discuss this with your psychiatrist before having surgery. In my practice if I have a patient who's on it more than one psychiatric medication, or has a psychiatric diagnosis or show signs of these types of problems, I always refer them to their psychiatrist first, because they need to get cleared to make sure that God forbid they have a complication they can deal with it psychologically just fine.