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The Psychosocial Aspects of Cosmetic Surgery

  • Judith Waters
  • George Ellis

Abstract

While there is ample evidence to indicate that a youthful appearance leads to an increase in self-esteem and measurable improvements in social and job related outcomes, many members of the general public and the medical profession still ascribe character flaws and even psychopathology to anyone seeking surgical or other medical treatments for aging skin. In this chapter we review the psychosocial advantages of such interventions, the relevant literature relating physical appearance to personal and social outcomes, and ways of identifying patients for whom surgery may be contraindicated.

Keywords

Physical Appearance Cosmetic Surgery Physical Attractiveness Borderline Personality Disorder Psychosocial Aspect 
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  • Judith Waters
  • George Ellis

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