We all have different ideas of what we want from cosmetic surgery. Some of us have exceptionally high expectations of what surgery can do for us. Some of us are more realistic. National UK guidelines from BAAPS and BAPRAS require all patients to undergo some psychological assessment. This may be in the form of a clinic assessment or a consultation with a therapist or psychologist.
Mr Uppal and his team will help you with this and support you in anyway necessary.
Some patients say “I’m not crazy. I don’t need to see a psychologist.” We understand this reaction but cosmetic surgery is not recommended without some form of such assessment. Going to see a psychologist does not imply that someone has any issues. It is to provide support and most patients find it a worthwhile experience.
This all helps to ensure that you get the best care all round and ultimately are happy with your cosmetic surgery.
National Regulations for Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic Surgery Psychology Assessment
During your initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your health and explain the surgical technique he feels will be best for you. Your initial consultation is also the time for you to discuss the results you are looking for. It’s very important that you be totally frank with your surgeon about your expectations and the goals you want to achieve – and equally important that your surgeon be frank with you about your alternatives and the pros and cons of each type of cosmetic surgery.
Most people feel a slight depression after surgery. Feeling low in mood is common as the reality of cosmetic surgery doesn’t always match our expectations. There is good evidence that we usually down-play the risks of surgery in our mind in order to have the operation that we want.
What is the recovery time after surgery?
Most people feel better and more positive after a week. However it can take months in some cases especially if there were some deep emotional issues before cosmetic surgery. Please see your GP or counsellor for advice. We can support you anytime also.
What are the risks of cosmetic surgery?
PlasticSurgery can make you more depressed if you have some depression already. If you are recovering from a major life event please discuss this with Mr Uppal. Plastic surgery cannot make our life better or make us feel better about ourselves. It can only change physical appearance in a limited way. Patients having more than one operation need to see a psychologist before proceeding with more cosmetic surgery.
‘Body image’ is a term that can be used to describe how we think and feel about our bodies. Our thoughts and feelings about our bodies can impact on us throughout our lives. It can affect us more generally, the way we feel about ourselves and our mental health and well-being.
Having body image concerns is a relatively common experience and is not a mental health problem in and of itself; however, it can be a risk factor for mental health problems. Research has found that higher body dissatisfaction is associated with a poorer quality of life, psychological distress and the risk of unhealthy eating behaviours and eating disorders.
What causes Body Image Worries?
The way in which our experiences and environment affect our body image will be different for everyone. However, overall, the research suggests that body image can be influenced by:
our relationships with our family and friends
how our family and peers feel and speak about bodies and appearance
pressure to look like to images on social media eg Instagram
There are further issues relevant to body image and mental health that are specific to certain factors and experiences, such as:
long-term health conditions
cultural differences around body ideals
gender and sexuality
The above are often linked to other societal factors and discrimination.