Wednesday, June 19, 2019

True Beauty: The Right Motivations for Plastic Surgery

True Beauty: The Right Motivations for Plastic Surgery


plastic surgeryYou’ve seen the rack of fashion magazines in the checkout aisle at your local grocery store: Gleaming, gorgeous stars with crystal-white smiles, beaming complexions, and symmetrical features. You’re also aware that many of these tabloid-rocking divas had crow’s feet here, love handles there, and fixed them with cosmetic surgical procedures. So naturally if you follow suit you’ll look and feel better too—right?

Plastic Surgery Motivations

You aren’t the only one who feels this way. According to Anthony P. Sclafani, M.D., the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery recorded nearly 10,000,000 plastic surgeries in the U.S. in 2009—a rate that represents a mind blowing 147 percent increase from 1997.

The population is displaying an insatiable appetite for permanent aesthetic changes, but does going under the knife really improve quality of life? According to a study published in the April 2004 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, good outcomes and bad outcomes are equal possibilities.

What’s more, studies show that dissatisfied patients are at risk of undergoing repeat procedures, suffering depression, participating in self-destructive behaviors, and isolating themselves, among other negative behaviors. Since many of these problems arise from underlying psychological disorders, having your mental health screened by a surgeon is a crucial first step before undergoing any surgical cosmetic procedure.

It’s Not as Simple as Asking for the Surgery

Plastic surgeons put protections in place to make sure that those seeking cosmetic surgery will truly benefit. They must screen for indicators of mental health problems that may be unhealthy motivators for plastic surgery.

Things like body language, demeanor, speech, dress, and attitude act as a window that surgeons can peer through to determine whether or not a person is a good candidate for surgery. Avoidance of eye contact, provocative clothing, nervous appearance, and self-consciousness are all negative indicators pointing towards mental instability. These signs usually prompt a surgeon to investigate a patient further before agreeing to perform  a procedure.

Poor Mental States Lead to Poor Plastic Surgery Outcomes

People with one or more personality disorders usually have poor surgical outcomes. These patients have unreasonably high or unrealistic post-surgery expectations and are generally considered bad candidates for surgery. Body Dysmorphic Disorder, for example, is an unhealthy preoccupation with physical appearance that causes an individual to grossly exaggerate his or her minor defects. The adage “turning molehills into mountains” definitely applies here.  Sometimes defects are imagined and not apparent to others at all.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder affects 10 to 20 percent of plastic surgery seekers, according to Anthony Young, M.D., of CNN Health. Other personality disorders that make for bad surgery candidates include: Schizoid Personality Disorder, Histrionic Personality Disorder, Depressive Personality Disorder, and Paranoid Personality Disorder.

Bad Verses Good Motivations for Plastic Surgery

It’s just as important to determine a person’s motivation for going under the knife as it is to evaluate their mental state. Someone that’s pursuing cosmetic surgery as a way to please others, get ahead in life or their career, or patch up their unhappiness with life like a band-aid is in for a major let-down. These are all bad motivations, and surgeons must ensure that patients are seeking surgery with good motivations.

Good motivations for plastic surgery include:

  • Seeking help with legitimate facial/body deficiencies
  • Having deep feelings about a single deficiency
  • Removing unwanted body modifications
  • Wishing to look younger while aging
  • Repairing an obvious physical defect that damages self esteem

Surgeons must look out for individuals with imagined defects or excessive dissatisfaction with several parts of their bodies. Such patients aren’t seeing their true selves and are often dissatisfied with their appearance even after surgery. Such problems have motivated surgeons to use mental health screening methods, either in the form of standardized tests or in-depth open-ended questions, to determine if a patient has healthy motivations for seeking plastic surgery.

Jessica Bosari blogs abut health and beauty for breast augmentation surgeon Robert Goldman. 

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5 Myths About Animals Everyone Thinks Are True

5 Myths About Animals Everyone Thinks Are True


Animals are fascinating. It’s hard to comprehend just how many different species there are, especially to those who aren’t zoologists or biologists, which is why there are a lot of myths about certain animals which have stayed within the world’s consciousness over the years.

Here are five myths about animals which everyone thinks are true when, in reality, it’s all rubbish!

Bats are blind

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The saying ‘you’re blind as a bat’ has been around for donkey’s years, but is it actually true? The notion that a bat should be blind because it primarily uses sonar to guide its way round trees and walls is one that’s been perceived common knowledge for ages, but in reality, it’s actually not true. Sure, bats do have very small eyes, but they can actually see pretty well. Sonar is still their preferred vision, but their eyes are definitely in workable condition.

Old dog, new tricks

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Again, this is another classic saying and another myth which is actually untrue. Saying that you ‘can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ is fair enough, but in reality even an dog, with a few weeks training, should be able to pick up the basic tricks of rolling over, sitting and fetching. It’s probably relevant to point out the saying should be taken with a pinch of salt, as it applies more to humans than it does dogs.

You’re never too far away from a spider

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Many people believe you’re never more than three feet away from a spider. That is, without any question, a scary prospect, and it originally came from Norman Platnick, an arachnologist, who pointed out that, in the realms of probability, you’re ‘probably no more than a few yards away from a spider’. The important word there is ‘probably’. That word changes everything.

Sure, there are shed loads of spiders within every mile of the country, but you’re more likely to within a few feet of a spider if you’re stood in a field than you would be sat at home.

Wait; what’s that on your wall?

Death sex

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One of the best myths surrounding anything in the world has to be the praying mantis. According to popular belief, after sex, the female praying mantis bites the head off the male – as if to suggest that this will be his first and last time. And she isn’t joking; she’ll then go about his entire caucus, to ensure he actually is dead.

As amazing as this myth is, it’s actually untrue. Sure, scientists found this was occurring when they were watching the insects have sex in a laboratory under high-intensity lights, but when they realised they could be messing up the mantis’ mojo they placed hidden cameras in the tanks instead – and saw some interesting results. Guess what happened? That’s right; they just had sex. No death. No head-biting. Just sex. Lovely.

Goldfish can’t remember

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It’s one of the most long-standing myths ever and it is just not true. Goldfish do have memory capacity more than three seconds worth – in fact, their memory can stretch quite a lot further than you’d think. Experiments suggest goldfish can remember up to around five months, meaning the myth that’s been around for decades is about anything but factually correct.

So there you have it; some of the most popular myths regarding animals which aren’t actually true. Did you believe any?

Author: This article was compiled by Andy Graven who works for Invisible Fence, providers of invisible pet fences.

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