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New Year, New You? Plastic Surgery & Australia Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

According to the Daily Mail, Australia, the top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Australians were:

  1. Improve fitness
  2. Eat better
  3. Quit smoking
  4. Quit drinking
  5. Learn a new skill
  6. Travel more
  7. Volunteer
  8. Meet a partner
  9. Sleep more
  10. Get out of debt

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At least five of these are physical wellness based from improving fitness, diet and sleep or quitting drinking and smoking. Arguably, all of these have mental health benefits as well, whether by virtue of feeling better physically or emotionally. Meeting a partner, learning a new skill, volunteering and travel are all about engagement with our world and finding our place in it. Getting out of debt is more in the genre of quitting smoking or drinking; that sense of need to get oneself out from under a cloud.

Interestingly, many of these New Year’s Resolutions are not unlike the list of motivations that present with people seeking cosmetic surgery. Patients who are realistic in seeking out cosmetic surgery tend to be problem solvers and goal setters. They want to improve aspects of their personal appearance to enhance their self-confidence and society’s perception of them to improve their self-projection and in turn the way they are received in social interchange. Sometimes, plastic surgery enables people to pursue these goals. Persons with breathing problems from previous trauma to their nose can improve sleep and find it easier to improve their fitness with improved breathing. Women with extremely large pendulous breasts may find it difficult to engage in aerobic sports and can be aided by a breast reduction. People who have done the hard yards of losing a massive amount of weight can be left with aprons of residual skin which impair movement and the removal of these not only improves their appearance but their ability to move and engage in more physical activities.

One positive side effect of having cosmetic plastic surgery that has been noted it that it has been cited as an aid in helping people to stop smoking. The American Society of Plastic Surgery published an article in August 2017, “Cosmetic Surgery May Help Patients Quit Smoking”.2 Responsible plastic surgeons require their patients to give up smoking for a period of time prior to surgery and post-operatively as well as it has been proven that smoking is an inhibitor to normal healing. The article reviewed 85 patients five years after they had had elective plastic surgery. Of those who responded, about 40% were no longer smoking regularly and nearly 25% had not smoked since they had had plastic surgery.
Whilst plastic surgery cannot get you to make or keep your resolutions, it does require a commitment from the patient to follow their pre and post-operative instructions to maximise their potential result. Making this commitment around surgery can help a patient to break bad and make good habits. Any prospective patient needs to be fit both mentally and physically. Pre-operatively it helps to get fit, eat well, stop smoking, drink in moderation if at all and get plenty of sleep. Afterwards, it helps to get out and engage with the world and enjoy feeling good about yourself. Getting out of debt… well we’ll leave that one for the bankers and politicians.

1 “From health goals to travel plans: The top six New Year’s resolutions in Australia revealed – and simple tips for how you can achieve each one”, Jacob Polychronis, the Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5227643/Top-10-New-Years-resolutions-Australia-revealed.html#ixzz54miy5pg9 Published: 12:06 AEDT, 3 January 2018

2 https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/press-releases/cosmetic-surgery-may-help-patients-quit-smoking