Despite the wide usage and popularity of cosmetic surgery, it is still a taboo subject in many cultures of the world. Skin Decision: Before and After is a new Netflix show that has changed the perspective for plastic surgery by showing its use for more conventional and medical purposes.
Even though both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery shares the same technology, history, and practices, the division matters when it comes to us. Unlike other shows, this new reality season highlights the importance of both in leading a normal life.
Dr. Sheila Nazarian and nurse Jamie Sherrill treat scars and deformities caused by trauma or any physical injury in all the eight seasons to ease pain and give people a new reason to live their lives.
They have also shown the happiness of plastic surgery after tragic road accidents and painful memories associated with chronic acne.
It is not like other shows, which portray only wealthy people getting botox, bigger lips, and enlarged breasts to look prettier. Like one of the patients, with excessive production of skin and weight loss, in the season explains how she only wants to look normal and not like a Barbie doll.
Different Psychology for Plastic Surgery
Dr. Sheila Nazarian from Skin Decision used the latest technology and procedures to smoothen the damaged part and fix the smile.
They used fillers and tuck in their treatment, which people believe to be a part of cosmetic surgery rather than reconstructive. The patients were not interested in seeking perfection.
Jürgen Margraf, the professor of clinical psychology and psychotherapy at Germany’s Ruhr-University Bochum, asserts that the main idea people perceive from plastic surgery is the normality.
On a phone call, he explains to one of his patients about accepting what they are. He asks about the need to get rid of a scar when he could be born with a crooked nose and making maximum out of it.
It is important to address the psychology and cause of the patient approach to plastic surgery. There is a clear difference between people who are unhappy about a particular body feature and those with body dysmorphic disorder, who will never be happy and satisfied even after surgery.
Dr. Nazarian, a Skin Decision surgeon, was also eager to find out the realisticity of the patient’s expectations. She asserts how it is an emotional and therapeutic change and more than just vanity.
How Helpful Can Plastic Surgery be For Some People?
Dr. Linda Lee, an assistant professor of otolaryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear’s Facial Nerve Center, explains how these days the cosmetic surgery is widely being used for several purposes.
Lee has now started using cosmetic fillers to restore the volume of the face in Bell’s palsy. No surgery is useful in catering muscle wastage except for some injections of cheek filler that can bring smile back.
It is a completely different approach where the expert tries to balance the face than making it younger. This work lies between restorative and cosmetic surgery. And, health policies usually only cover the expenses of the procedures used for restoring the function of a part. Therefore, participants have to cover the expenses of $350 – $400 for each injection on their own. Lee hopes that this would help insurers cover the expense, which is a less invasive procedure than facial reanimation surgeries.
Pre-Surgery Conduct Influences Post-Surgical Behavior
Even though plastic surgery is a physical intervention, it may for some affect them socially and functionally. Margraf shows the high risk of impairment with social anxiety. It is even more dangerous than the person at the last stage of cancer.
According to Skin Decision and Harvard Bell’s palsy study, the gain highly depends on the mental health before plastic surgery.
A 13-year long Norwegian study found women with poor mental health after the surgery experienced eating disorders and severe anxiety. Another study highlights how such women opting for breast augmentation would go for suicide.
Margraf concludes by saying how past behavior is a good predator of future behavior. It clearly shows that depressed people after plastic surgery would come out to be more depressive than others later. One should be emotionally and mentally ready before any such procedure, or, there is a need to reconsider the decision.