Body Self-Image and Self Esteem Levels among Early Adults Consulting Cosmetic Clinic
Cosmetic treatments have become increasingly popular over the past decade. The explosion in popularity can be attributed to several factors—the evolution of safer, minimally invasive procedures, increased mass media attention, and the greater willingness of individuals to undergo cosmetic procedures as a means to enhance physical appearance. Medical and mental health professionals have long been interested in understanding both the motivations for seeking a change in physical appearance as well as the psychological outcomes of these treatments. Body image and self- esteem has been thought to play a key role in the decision to seek cosmetic procedures, however, only recently have studies investigated the pre- and postoperative body image concerns of patients. While body image dissatisfaction and low self-esteem may motivate the pursuit of cosmetic medical treatments, psychiatric disorders characterized by body image disturbances, such as body dysmorphic disorder and eating disorders, may be relatively common among these patients. Subsequent research on persons who decide to undergo cosmetic medical treatments are likely provide important information on the nature of body image and self-esteem.
Keywords - Body Image, Self -Esteem, Cosmetic Surgery, Psychological Effects, Body Dysmorphic Disorder