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"Cosmetic Surgery And The Use Of Antidepressant Medication"
(press release from ASPS)
It has been proven that plastic surgery can improve self-esteem, but can it
also act as a natural mood enhancer? A significant number of patients stopped
taking antidepressant medication after undergoing plastic surgery, according to
a study presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic
Surgery 2006 conference in San Francisco.
"Plastic surgery patients are taking a proactive approach in making themselves
happier by improving something that has truly bothered them," said Bruce
Freedman, MD, ASPS Member Surgeon and study author. "While we are not saying
that cosmetic plastic surgery alone is responsible for the drop in patients
needing antidepressants, it surely is an important factor."
In the study, 362 patients had cosmetic plastic surgery - 17 percent or 61
patients were taking antidepressants. Six months after surgery, however, that
number decreased 31 percent, down to 42 patients. In addition, 98 percent of
patients said cosmetic plastic surgery had markedly improved their self-esteem.
All of the patients, who were primarily middle-aged women, had an invasive
cosmetic plastic surgery procedure such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck or
facelift. The authors did not identify any other major life changes that may
have affected patients' use of antidepressants.
"We have just begun to uncover the various physical and psychological benefits
of plastic surgery," said Dr. Freedman. "By helping our patients take control
over something they were unhappy about, we helped remove a self-imposed barrier
and ultimately improved their self-esteem."
For referrals to ASPS Member Surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic
Surgery visit www.plasticsurgery.org where you can also learn more about cosmetic
and reconstructive plastic surgery.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest organization of
board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. With more than 6,000 members, the
society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on cosmetic
and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises 94 percent of all
board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the
society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery
or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Note: The study "Cosmetic Surgery and the Use of Antidepressant Medication" is
being presented in electronic format, Sunday, Oct. 8 - Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the
Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco.
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