Plastic surgery is concerned with the maintenance, renewal or improvement of a person's physical appearance through surgical and medical techniques. The desire for cosmetic surgery has continuously increased in the last decade. With the technological advances in aesthetic surgery, many people have become willing to consider and accept aesthetic surgery as a possible option to change their physical appearance. Studies on the psychology of aesthetic surgery patients have been continuing since the 1960s. The first three performed aesthetic surgical procedures are fat removal (lipoplasty), breast augmentation and eyelid aesthetics (blepharoplasty). The most common non-surgical procedure is botox injection. In addition, chemical peeling, skin peeling (microdermabrasion), laser, hair removal and aesthetic varicose veins treatment (sclerotherapy) are mentioned. The most common motivations behind the desire of patients to undergo surgical procedures are interaction of psychological, emotional and sociocultural factors such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), body image, self-esteem, looking beautiful / young / attractive, eating disorders, dissatisfaction with life, feeling of competition and mockery play a role. A better understanding of the motivation factors of aesthetic patients will enable healthcare providers to provide the highest level of service for this patient population.
Aesthetic, plastic surgery, non-plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery