In 2008, a study concluded that “cosmetic interventions produce positive effects on quality of life in individuals electing to undergo cosmetic procedures”. Another long-term study recently published concludes the same thing — patients who just underwent plastic surgery demonstrate more enjoyment in life and increased self-esteem. That’s certainly good news, particularly if you’ve been thinking about having plastic surgery in Houston with Dr. Cortés, a board-certified facial and body plastic surgeon. The Subjects The study, published in the Clinical Psychological Science journal, wanted to know the pre-surgery goals of patients who had plastic surgery and whether they achieved these goals afterwards. The researchers studied 544 first time plastic surgery patients and compared their findings to the following groups: 264 people who previously decided to have plastic surgery but later decided against it and 1000 individuals from the general population who were never interested in having plastic surgery in the first place. Of the subjects, 87 percent of them were women. On an overall scale, there were no significant differences in the following variables amongst the 3 groups: life satisfaction, mental health, and depressiveness. Goal Attainment Scaling The Goal Attainment Scaling was the instrument used in the study when examining the goals of the subjects. The researchers found out that only 12 percent of the subjects have unrealistic goals. The rest were more realistic by expressing the following standard goals: “develop more self-confidence”, “eliminate blemishes”, and “feel better”. Positive Long-Term Effects Apart from being tested before surgery, the subjects were also surveyed 3, 6, and 12 months post-procedure. Compared to those who decided against plastic surgery at the last minute, those who just underwent surgery reported that they feel healthier and less anxious. They also felt that their body, as a whole, was more attractive. Houston Plastic Surgery Plastic surgery is a very personal and sometimes difficult decision. From the minute you walk through the door, we are committed to understanding your needs and facilitating your decision-making process. Dr. Cortés will review your goals, expectations, and medical history to advise you about the different existing options and provide you with the highest quality care. Dr. Cortés’ main goal is to provide you with the best surgical results possible. Visit Dr. Cortés now for an initial consultation concerning your options in Houston plastic surgery. Call us at (713) 234-6244 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cortés via email. We look forward to your visit with us!