Some patients come into our office for a free consultation, and leave with a recommendation to a mental health professional.
Depression can be damaging to your mind, body and soul. Many people don’t even know they are depressed. They simply act on thoughts and feelings without considering the ramifications.
Since plastic surgery has everything to do with the body and how it looks, many people who want plastic surgery struggle with low self-esteem and depression. They have a poor body image, and usually that leads to thoughts of hopelessness, despair, and self-hate.
The problem is that plastic surgery isn’t a cure for depression. Those who are struggling with depression will often still be unsatisfied after they have their procedure. These people usually claim their results were not what they expected, and some can become even more depressed because of the results.
The reason people still have low self-esteem after a plastic surgery procedure is because their depression has nothing to do with their body. It has everything to do with their mind, and the thoughts and feelings being produced.
The mind is a powerful thing, and it can trick people into believing things that aren’t true. Some of the most beautiful people in the world seek plastic surgery simply because they don’t feel beautiful.
How to Know Depression Isn’t Influencing a Plastic Surgery Decision
If you’ve been struggling with body image issues for a while, you may want to seek a consultation with a mental health professional before setting up a consultation with a cosmetic or plastic surgeon. A psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, or counselor can help you understand if the thoughts and feelings you’re having about your body stem from depression.
Once a thorough evaluation has been made by a mental health professional, and the results indicate you are not suffering from depression or another mental disorder, feel free to schedule an appointment with an experienced cosmetic or plastic surgeon. This person can sit down with you, listen to the results you desire, and then provide information on the procedure(s) needed to achieve those desired results.
For more information on depression and plastic surgery, contact us. Our team of experienced plastic and cosmetic surgeons in New York City and Long Island can help you understand if you’re struggling with depression or simply want to look and feel better about your body.
Free consultations are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Saturdays until 6:00 PM. Contact our team in Commack or Manhattan at 631-499-1831 or 212-206-0023.
Please Note: If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or others, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or seek help from a mental health professional immediately.