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Depression and Cosmetic Surgery Study Reveals Unexpected Results

Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery recently published a study that reveals some intriguing findings:  patients in treatment for depression may be more satisfied with their surgical outcome than those who are not.

During consultations, cosmetic surgeons routinely evaluate patients to determine their emotional stability and readiness to undergo a surgical procedure. Many assume that patients who are optimistic before surgery will feel more satisfied with their surgical outcome.  Surprisingly, these assumptions were not borne out in the study’s results.

Jill Hessler, M.D. and her team of researchers at the University of Michigan studied 51 cosmetic surgery patients who underwent facial plastic procedures between January 1, 2007 and January 1, 2008.  Before surgery and 4-6 months after surgery, each of them voluntarily responded to a survey that assessed their attitude regarding the procedure(s).

Results of the study showed that patients being treated for depression before undergoing surgery expressed higher levels of satisfaction with their outcomes than those not being treated for depression.  Furthermore, those who expressed more optimism before undergoing their procedures did not feel their results were better than their more pessimistic peers.

Read more about this study online in Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery

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