Emotional Condition And Plastic Surgery Plastic surgery is performed on an elective basis, unlike other types of surgical procedures performed to improve the health of the patient. In a vast majority of cases, plastic surgery is not a necessity from a medical point of view, but a solution to improve the appearance and the quality of life for the patient. However, for a plastic surgery to provide the desired results, certain factors come to play, and one of the most important is the emotional condition of the patient. During the pre-operative consultation, the plastic surgeon has the responsibility to make sure that your mental and emotional condition is stable, your reasons for choosing plastic surgery are valid, and you understand the risks and potential complications associated with the procedure you want to have. Having a good emotional condition is essential to the success of your procedure and to achieve satisfactory results. You can see on TV and all over the magazines that there are people all over the world who took it too far in terms of getting plastic surgery. Some of them ended up with a botched appearance, others have been confronted with life-threatening consequences, and some have even lost their lives in the pursuit of the perfect appearance. But if we have a look at these cases, in a vast majority of cases we are talking about patients who didn’t have a good, stable emotional condition. A dysmorphic body image is a condition that is characterized by the patient requesting repeated plastic surgery as he or she has a self-image that has no real grounds. More often, we notice people who suffer due to what they consider terrible physical imperfections when other people barely (if ever) notice it. This is all related to the emotional condition of the patient. A patient that is stable emotionally understands that plastic surgery won’t change his life completely. Getting bigger breasts or buttocks won’t bring back your partner who left you for another woman. This is not the goal of plastic surgery. Plastic surgery is meant to improve the appearance of the body and correct certain imperfections that create emotional of physical discomfort. The only one who is able to check your motives and give you the go signal for undergoing plastic surgery is the surgeon himself, and only after a thorough physical examination and a conversation about your desires and expectations. Plastic surgery can’t change the patient’s life overnight; it can’t cure depression or make the patient feel completely different about self-image. The improvements brought by plastic surgery should be evaluated with a pragmatic eye and by a patient who is emotionally stable. In many cases, patients who had plastic surgery despite their emotional instability ended up pursuing many other additional procedures, despite the fact that the initial procedure was successful according to industry standards. In other words, if the patient has an overall bad opinion about his or her body, chances are this can’t be corrected with the help of plastic surgery. Professional help is in order to improve the mental and emotional condition before undergoing plastic surgery.