In a society that seems to push more and more towards the continuous search for beauty , the use of cosmetic surgery by women, men and young people is increasingly widespread. And, if the reasons behind it can be the most disparate, the common denominator that pushes to turn to the plastic and aesthetic surgeon is certainly of a psychological nature.

Not just a simple answer to the search for beauty in itself: cosmetic surgery has to do with the body and soul of each patient.

What then is the role of the cosmetic surgeon? What can or cannot plastic and cosmetic surgery do for each patient?

It Is These Questions That We Wish To Answer.

Contrary to what happens in reconstructive surgery, which responds to the delicate and often urgent need to reconstruct parts of the body damaged by trauma or disease, what generally leads to approaching cosmetic surgery is not so much the real need to correct a physical defect. The reason is more a psychological malaise caused by the weight of the imperfection and the inability to accept and love each other despite it. And it matters little if the perception of others is not so terrible: if a woman or a man decide to ask the surgeon for help, there is a problem and it can be said to be real, at least in the head of the potential patient.

This is why the work of an experienced plastic surgeon also has a lot to do with psychology, both in reconstructive surgery and in cosmetic surgery. And choosing the right surgeon is of paramount importance for every patient.

You need love for your work, excellent preparation, experience, precision and reliability. But we must also be able to understand the patient’s motivations and expectations, create an empathic feeling. You cannot stop at the requests, you have to interpret them and direct them towards the right choice for him / her. This is the secret for the success of an intervention, also from a psychological point of view.

Without leading to excesses or obsessions, without pursuing a sterile desire to look like someone else, without feeding dangerous unrealistic expectations.

Improve, not upset.

Cosmetic surgery cannot radically change life and certainly should not be considered the key to happiness and success. But it can help you discover yourself better and love yourself more. And it can restore lost self-esteem and confidence, improving the relationship with oneself and with others.

In this sense, the art of cosmetic surgery, carried out by a competent and attentive professional, can be considered a “small cure for the body and soul”.

Always, without ever forgetting that we are much more than an image reflected in the mirror.

On a psychological level, the most common experiences are: a sense of disbelief, anger, bewilderment, shame, lack of esteem, a sense of helplessness as a source of illness, fear, anxiety, death anxiety, uncertainty for the present and for the future.

The breast is a fundamental part of the body of being a woman, this can be easily understood by analyzing the different meanings it assumes in the course of her life: it is a symbol of motherhood; it is a symbol of femininity; it is a symbol of sexuality, sensuality and seduction (it determines a sexual identity that can influence the relationship with the partner).

It is therefore possible to understand the sense of alteration of body integrity resulting from surgical treatments such as mastectomy, not to mention how painful on an emotional and physical level are also the oncological treatments (chemotherapy, hormone therapy, drug therapy, radiotherapy).

Here, too, the multidisciplinary approach (oncologist, breast specialist, plastic surgeon) allows us to frame the problem, establish a strategy that aims, as far as possible, to restore integrity or even not to lose it. In fact, reconstructive plastic surgery can help the woman to recover what the disease has taken away from her and consequently to regain a positive self-image.

As evident, no less important is that the patient receives the right psychological and emotional support from the diagnosis and throughout the therapeutic process, so that she is accompanied in the acceptance of the disease itself, in the adaptation to a treatment path that is not always linear and helped. to process the changes and the emotions that come with them.

Even when it comes to reconstructive surgery following a trauma or an accident, it is recommended to give space to the psychic reality of the person as everyday life can change completely and the path to return to a full life can be very difficult.

The plastic surgeon can be of great help to the patient, always in the context of multidisciplinarity, helping to “rebuild” the part of the body that has been damaged, while the psychologist can give support and space to the inner experience, helping him to accept and overcome what happened.

With parallel work it is possible to restore a normal life to the person, as close as possible to the reality they lived before the trauma.…

Experts say that when a patient decides to visit an expert in plastic surgery , he seeks medical help, but also, and above all, understanding and humanity. Indeed, the patient needs moral support, and seeks not only a doctor, but also a friend in the specialist.

The understanding and empathy of a doctor, together with the use of new techniques and professionalism, are the necessary basis for establishing a relationship of mutual trust between the patient and the specialist.

Cosmetic surgery, the surgery of emotions

The beauty is something very subjective. No one can absolutely say that one thing is beautiful and the other is not. On the contrary, it is very easy to distinguish between what is correct and incorrect. Everything that is correct and well done has a linear and harmonious aspect.

Normality and harmony are the main goal of cosmetic surgery.

For the specialist, however, this is not the only goal: the question goes much deeper, and touches on personal areas such as self-confidence and the pursuit of happiness.

For this reason, every patient has the right to a personalized aesthetic surgical treatment , which aims to improve his physical as well as emotional appearance.

There are no studies that indicate that cosmetic surgery extends life, but there are studies that confirm that it helps you feel better about yourself.

Restorative surgery, a real help

Many patients turn to the specialist when they have already lost even the last hope. Many of them suffer from serious physical problems , and have been told many times “there is nothing more to be done”.

Physical problems congenital or derived from trauma bring with them profound emotional problems.

The specialist, with a little luck, can restore these people to a “normal” life and help their reintegration into society: plastic surgeons, in fact, deal with congenital deformities , oncological reconstructions, severe burns, etc.

Everyone has the right to a second chance.