Pre and Post Operative Therapy for Cosmetic Surgery
Because the need for surgery can be for many reasons we offer pre and post opertative psychotherapy and psychological consultation
Structure of Therapy
2 sessions Pre - operative
1 session Post - operative
What will be covered
* A psycological consultation as to the reason for surgery (cosmetic or medical)
* What the person might experience after procedure
* The potential impact or lack of impact this surgery will have on their lives
* Their psychological well being and mental health status
* Is this really the right choice for them
Rajiv Grover, consultant plastic surgeon and president of the association (BAAPS), said: “At the heart of a proper patient consultation lies fully informed consent; conveying the elements of medical and psychological assessment, treatment options, providing a realistic idea of likely outcome and possible risks is essential.”
For the emotionally stable person, who simply wants to improve their looks, cosmetic surgery can lead to increased self esteem. But for others, cosmetic surgery can lead to more emotional problems
There are alternatives to cosmetic surgery
"If you feel your concerns about your appearance result from anxieties about social situations or from problems with relationships, you might want to discuss with your GP or another professional the possibility of seeing a counsellor or psychologist. They may be able to help you to address your concerns in other effective ways."
Broadly speaking, there are two categories of good candidates for cosmetic surgery
The first is the person with a decent self image that wants to improve an aspect of their appearance.
The second is a person that has slightly lowered self-esteem due to an obvious negative physical characteristic that they’ve tried to deal with, maybe since birth
Questions to ask yourself
How long have I thought about this surgery?
Did anything specific set off this desire?
What is my current life situation?
Why am I thinking about surgery now?
Are there other ways I can achieve the results I want?
Am I expecting the surgery to change my life as well as my appearance?
Am I considering cosmetic surgery for myself or to please someone else?
Am I expecting the surgery to improve my relationship?
Am I expecting surgery to improve my social skills or job prospects?
Can surgery really give me the look I want?