To have a successful reconstructive surgery, you must choose your plastic surgeon and be prepared both physically and psychologically for the procedure. You must also discuss with your plastic surgeon your motivations for the surgery and your expectations.
Since reconstructive surgery results are usually permanent, it is important to understand how the surgery will make you feel—long after the surgery. To learn more about the various psychological aspects of reconstructive surgery, continue reading.
Understanding the Motivation to Have a Reconstructive Surgery
There are many reasons why you may want to undergo reconstructive surgery. In most cases, people go for reconstructive surgery with the hope of improving their self-image, self-esteem, and self-satisfaction. This means that the patient is already suffering emotionally because of their appearance. Therefore, the plastic surgeon must be a careful listener with a medical understanding beyond the usual borders of medical sickness.
Recent studies have discovered the need for a reconstructive surgery patient to have psychological evaluation and screening before the surgery. Such an evaluation helps to do away with needless plastic surgeries and improve gratification with surgical outcomes. Therefore, a good plastic surgeon should seek to understand why their patients want to have the surgery before they even book them for the procedure.
Surgeons must also put themselves in their patient’s shoes to understand what they want and why they want it. This also helps the plastic surgeon to decide whether you are an excellent psychological candidate for reconstructive surgery.
Reconstructive surgery Patient Personality Types
Reports of high morbidity, especially personality disorders, among patients going for reconstructive surgery are rising. Most personality types suggest problems after the surgery, with some patients demanding full reconstruction. Some of the most common personality types include patients who are too demanding, very critical, have a low self-image, and those with extreme body dysmorphism.
Positive Psychological Effects
Provided that you go for reconstructive surgery with genuine expectations and a better understanding of your physical and psychological state, the procedure will boost your self-image and confidence and help you deal with depression brought about by the negative self-image.
Reconstructive surgery also helps to improve a patient’s overall level of happiness. When you feel better about yourself, you will find yourself more attractive, and the chances are that you will be happier. But it’s important to ensure that the reconstructive procedure goes on well by choosing the right plastic surgeon.