Emotional Wellness and Facial Plastic Surgery: Frequently Asked Questions

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Facial plastic surgery can be a transformative experience for many, offering not only physical changes but also impacting emotional well-being. As more individuals consider these procedures, questions often arise about the psychological effects and emotional preparation required. This blog post aims to address some of the most frequently asked questions about the emotional aspects of plastic surgery.

What emotional considerations should I think about before undergoing plastic surgery?

Before deciding on plastic surgery, it’s crucial to understand your motivations. Are you seeking surgery to improve your self-esteem, to look like someone else, or to fit into a certain societal ideal? It’s important to have realistic expectations and a clear understanding that while surgery can enhance your appearance and potentially boost your confidence, it is not a panacea for deeper emotional or psychological issues.

How can I prepare emotionally for plastic surgery?

Emotional preparation for plastic surgery involves several steps:

  • Thorough Research: Understand the procedure, the recovery process, and possible risks involved.
  • Mental Health Assessment: Consulting with a mental health professional can be beneficial. They can help assess your emotional state and readiness for the procedure.
  • Support System: Building a support system of family and friends who understand your reasons for undergoing surgery can provide emotional stability and support through your recovery.

What are the common emotional reactions after plastic surgery?

Post-surgery emotions can vary widely among individuals. Some common feelings include:

  • Elation over the new changes
  • Regret or questioning if the right decision was made
  • Anxiety about recovery and results
  • Depression, especially if the results did not meet expectations

It’s important to discuss these potential emotional states with your surgeon or a mental health professional beforehand.

Can plastic surgery improve my mental health?

Plastic surgery might improve your self-esteem and body image which can positively impact mental health. However, it’s vital to maintain realistic expectations and understand that plastic surgery does not treat underlying mental health conditions like depression.

What should I do if I’m struggling emotionally after my surgery?

If you find yourself struggling emotionally after your surgery, consider the following steps:

  • Follow up with your surgeon: Discuss any concerns about the surgery results or recovery process.
  • Seek professional help: Consulting a psychologist or counselor can help you navigate your emotions effectively.
  • Connect with others: Join support groups where you can share experiences and receive support from others who have undergone similar procedures.

How do I handle negative feedback from others about my decision to have plastic surgery?

Dealing with negative feedback is a challenge, but it can be handled gracefully by:

  • Staying confident in your decision and remembering the reasons you chose surgery.
  • Limiting discussion about your surgery with those who are unsupportive.
  • Educating others about your reasons for choosing plastic surgery, if you feel comfortable doing so.


Plastic surgery is a significant decision that should not be taken lightly. It involves both physical and emotional preparation and recovery. Understanding these aspects and having a strong support system can help ensure that you are making the best decision for your body and mind. Always consult with qualified professionals who can guide you through the process with your emotional and physical health in mind.

Lee A. Kleiman a doctor at Anne Arundel ENT

Dr. Lee A. Kleiman is a double board certified ENT & plastic surgeon at Anne Arundel ENT in Annapolis, Maryland known for his superior clinical outcomes in all Surgical and Non-Surgical ENT, specializing in Sinus Care, Voice and Swallowing, Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty, and Facelifts and Non-surgical Aesthetic. He also continues to attend conferences internationally and nationally to keep abreast of the latest treatments and technology.