There are still on-going debates whether plastic surgery promotes happiness to people who undergoes it. The moral debate about it was always thrust forcibly into the limelight when celebrities appeared on screen or on stage and shocked the audiences with the proof of cosmetic plastic surgery they had undergone.
Some people are disgusted, amazed, interested and some can’t help to wonder whether undergoing plastic surgery will make a person happy and content in their lives.
Though, we can readily sympathize to the motivations of older adults who wants to improve their looks with the benefits that the rest of us can expect from undergoing plastic surgery. It still remains a big question whether to what benefit does it provide aside from having more presentable looks.
It’s easy for us to assume that there are social payoffs for doing it so, maybe, the person may become more well-liked by strangers, or gain persuasive powers they never had before, but does this ensure that that person will surely be happy?
There are other factors why people tend to undergo a surgery that will enhance their physical appearance. The reward could be self-esteem, or happiness. Good thing, there are research that provides some answers.
The most common question that we can ask is whether being a physically attractive person will tend to be happier than the plainer among us. As per the findings of one psychological study, the answer to this question is no. Well, sort of.
To fully understand this, let us consider the differential consequences of self-perceptions and other-perceptions of physical attractiveness. It is surprising that the study shows that there is a relationship between the other’s evaluation of the target’s attractiveness and the target’s happiness.
However, there are also a study that argue that self-perceptions of physical attractiveness do relate positively and strongly to happiness. This may seem confusing, just consider that it’s possible to be biased on how attractive you are because it is easy to feel more or less attractive than you seem to others.
The main factor that can affect the individual’s happiness is the feelings themselves, it does not matter whether they diverge from reality to some extent.
There is no doubt that plastic surgery will help people feel more attractive, if so, then it should also improve their happiness. Even though we are not forced to guess. Another research directly addresses the question of whether undergoing this surgery would improve psychological well-being.
It was revealed then that the benefits across the wide range of outcomes includes social phobia, anxiety, body dysmorphia, depression, life satisfaction, goal attainment, mental and physical health as well as self-efficacy and self-esteem.
A recent review study found more evidence to this but also argue that the qualification of the main idea that expectations matter. For example, if you have unrealistic high expectations about what the surgery will do for you, you are more likely to be disappointed and end up less happy than you were in the beginning.
Considering everything, it seems that there is some merit to the idea that going under the knife can improve a person’s happiness, at least for a period of time while keeping in mind the exceptions and qualifications stated above.
One person may be possibly happy after the plastic surgery for as long as that person thinks he or she is beautiful.