You’ve heard it before and, unfortunately, you’ll probably hear it again, “cosmetic surgery is so vain”. We want to break down this idea a little further and assure you the vanity stigma that sometimes surrounds cosmetic surgery is as just as ridiculous as it seems. Dr. Garcia and his team have heard the questions, “does this make me vain?” and “am I selfish for wanting this?” a number of times. It’s important for anyone considering plastic surgery to know that the answer is simple – it’s “No.”
Let’s start at the very beginning, with the word “vain”. Technically speaking, vanity is defined as, “excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements” according to the Oxford Dictionary. We don’t see cosmetic surgery anywhere in the definition and would like to call attention to the words that are included, “excessive pride”. There are many reasons patients choose to undergo cosmetic procedures, and we’d like to inform you that excessive pride isn’t usually one of them. Instead, many patients come in to fix a deformity or achieve a result that will help overcome an area of insecurity or lack of confidence.
Confidence and quality of life varies wildly for each individual. Some people seem to effortlessly roll through life while others struggle daily. Whether you’re a man or woman, your reasons for wanting a particular surgery or med spa procedure to achieve a certain look, fix a deformity, or gain the confidence you’ve been missing are not vain. Cosmetic procedures are proven to provide patients with benefits far beyond the physical transformation. Emotional and psychological improvements are commonly reported, resulting in a higher sense of confidence for patients. Enhancing your confidence tends to result in better socialization habits, which can ultimately lead to an increased quality of life. The improved quality of life isn’t just social, as many patients report they become more physically active and healthier post-procedure. Last we checked, improving your quality of life and working on your confidence is brave!
Ultimately, it is your body and your life, so it’s important to understand that whatever your reason, it’s YOURS. Plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures should never be about anyone else or what others think of your body. Choosing to undergo a procedure should always be about YOU, what you want, and what will make you love the way you look. For some people, loving the way you look can be achieved in a gym or through simple topical measures, but for others, it requires cosmetic procedures. Everyone deserves to love the body they have. You owe no one an explanation for your decision to get a cosmetic procedure, nor should you ever feel like you have to hide that you have gotten one. We only get one shot at living our lives to the fullest. Don’t ever apologize for wanting or having a cosmetic procedure.
Dr. Phillip Garcia and the entire team of experts at the Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery are here to help answer all of your questions and guide you through every step of the process. We’re dedicated to ensuring the best experience for each and every patient. Schedule your consultation today!