With review and feedback from Charlotte Eye Ear Nose &amp; Throat Associates, P.A. Facial Plastic Surgery Specialist Neela Rao, MD (Fort Mill) Beauty is more than skin deep, and how we look can have an impact on our confidence in many aspects of our lives. Sometimes we think it will help our employment prospects. Sometimes we want to look better for a significant other. Sometimes we think we’ll get more social media followers. Our motivations for facial plastic surgery, whatever the reason, can impact our outcomes and satisfaction. Helping patients help themselves Before any cosmetic surgery, CEENTA’s doctors will try to learn what drove their patients to this decision. “Some people think the act of getting plastic surgery alone will make them happy,” CEENTA facial plastic surgery specialist Neela Rao, MD, said. “That’s a huge myth. Part of our role as surgeons is to provide our patients with realistic expectations and goals. Understanding your motivation for surgery and communicating this with your surgeon is an essential part of the consultation.” Trying to please others Some people consider facial plastic surgery because they want to improve their personal relationships or be more competitive in the workforce, for example. “There is nothing wrong with wanting to put your best face forward, but the most important person to please is yourself,” Dr. Rao said. “It’s not about how you look, but how you feel. While plastic surgery cannot make you happy, it can boost confidence and self-esteem. Those with increased confidence and self-esteem are more likely to be successful and perceived by others as such." Social media and its effects Social media has seen a meteoric rise in the number of photos we take of ourselves. However, many times people aren’t happy with how they look in their photos and consider facial plastic surgery to address these perceived concerns. This is called selfie dysmorphia and was discussed in detail in this blog. Plastic surgery and "vanity" People may feel reluctant to schedule a consultation because the fear they will be viewed as vain or narcissistic for doing so. “To me, plastic surgery is not much different than making the decision to diet and exercise, or dress a certain way, or drive a certain car,” Dr. Rao said. “These are all aspects of self-care and influence our personal perception of success. The main difference is, surgery is not something you can perform yourself! It's okay to ask for help.” A consultation at CEENTA If you are considering facial plastic surgery and would like to discuss your desires with a CEENTA doctor, don’t hesitate to make an appointment. Our responsible physicians will be happy to talk about your wants and goals and will make sure you are making the right decisions to make yourself happy. This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. Would you like an appointment with Dr. Rao? Call 704-295-3000. You can also schedule an appointment online or through myCEENTAchart.