Can cosmetic surgery really make you happier? According to a new European study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychological Science, the answer appears to be yes.

The study, which was conducted by researchers from Ruhr Universität and the University of Basel, examined the psychological after effects experience by 544 first-time cosmetic surgery patients.

The results were then compared to two other groups: 264 individuals who had previously considered surgery (and ultimately decided against it) and 1,000 people who had never been interested in going under the knife.

Psychological assessments were taken before surgery, as well as three, six and 12 months following.

Cosmetic Surgery Patients Experience Boost in Happiness and Self-Esteem

When compared to those who decided against cosmetic surgery, researchers found the actual patients “felt healthier, were less anxious, had developed more self-esteem and found the operated body feature in particular, but also their body as a whole more attractive.”

Overall, there was no statistically significant difference among the three groups in terms of life satisfaction and depressiveness.

Researchers did notice however, that patients who possessed unrealistic expectations prior to undergoing surgery (12 percent of the total patient population) were more likely to be dissatisfied with their final outcome.

Forming Realistic Expectations Prior to Surgery

As this study has indicated, cosmetic surgery can have a positive impact on your body confidence and self-esteem, but only if you possess realistic expectations to begin with.

Cosmetic surgery is a very personal decision that requires careful thought and consideration. If you’re hoping it will transform your life, you probably have unrealistic expectations.

The best way to determine if you’re a good candidate is to schedule a one-on-one consultation with a qualified cosmetic surgeon.

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