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Reclaiming Self-Image: Beyond Cosmetic Surgery

Updated: Sep 17, 2023

It remains a mystery why some people visit a cosmetic surgeon demanding a face lift to address an imagined ugliness (though there are extreme cases where plastic surgery is absolutely necessary, of course!). Take, for example, the 35-45-year-old women who are convinced they look old, even when their appearance is entirely normal, or young girls who believe they are ugly because their facial features or body measurements don't match the Hollywood celebrities showcased in magazines or the most popular girls in school. These individuals react as if they have suffered an actual disfigurement, experiencing the same shame.

Their scars, though mental and emotional rather than physical, are equally debilitating.

Wealth, success, power, and celebrity status are no more guarantees of happiness and peace of mind than surgical improvements in personal appearance.

The real secret lies in self-image.

To truly live, to find life reasonably satisfying, you must possess an adequate and realistic self-image that you can live with. You should look at yourself in the mirror and find yourself acceptable. You must nurture a healthy self-esteem and have a self that you can trust and believe in.

When a facial disfigurement is corrected through plastic surgery, significant psychological changes occur only when there is a corresponding correction of the distorted self-image.

Sometimes, the image of a disfigured self persists even after a successful surgery, much like the phenomenon of a 'phantom limb,' where pain is felt in a limb that has been amputated years ago. This underscores the importance of addressing the inner self-image.

Woman did plastic surgery
Plastic Surgery

The brain is undoubtedly the most complex and surprising entity in the world. It is challenging, after years of erroneous programming, to observe oneself without judgment, to confront all of one's wounds - both physical and, above all, psychological and emotional.

This is necessary to deprogram all our insecurities and fears - the very fears that lead us to create imaginary afflictions that later manifest in reality.

Many believe that everything happens because it is meant to happen, whether due to a 'higher power' or destiny. However, why not consider the perspective that perhaps we are responsible for everything that occurs in our lives and our surroundings? From there, we can embark on a journey of transformation instead of blaming imaginary adversaries.

Feel free to disagree, but let's leave plastic surgery to those who genuinely need it. Shall we?"

World War I, the birth of plastic surgery ....
World War I, the birth of plastic surgery ....

by Loredana Denicola

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