The physical benefits of cosmetic surgery are apparent. Loved ones and strangers alike will notice leaner, smoother bodies and younger looking skin. There is a procedure for every part of the body to improve every possible imperfection but the thing that does not get discussed with much regularity is the psychological effect of cosmetic surgery.Changing one’s personal appearance is a big decision. When fully considered and decided upon after careful thought and reflection a person can experience a lot of happiness and satisfaction with looking the way they want. On the other hand people can experience a dissonance with the body they see and the body they are familiar with. This is particularly true of cosmetic surgery done on the face. It can be very disconcerting to look in the mirror and see that your face is not the one you are accustomed to. The decision to modify one’s body should not be arrived at hastily.It is a desire that should be considered and honestly examined for a long time and with a lot of consultation before being untaken. People that are good candidates for cosmetic surgery have a positive self-image but nonetheless feel they can improve their physical appearance. They have decided to modify their body because they want to look different not because of someone else’s wishes or the pressure of looking perfect. They should be in a positive emotional state and not grieving or suffering from depression. Beyond that a person must have a realistic expectation of the results of cosmetic surgery.To insure that people who are considering an operation are appropriate to undergo this type of dramatic change many doctors ask that their patients consult a counselor and get to the real motivation behind their decision. Some people go to the surgeon’s office looking for a quick fix because of personal problems and as a result end up getting expensive and unnecessary work done in the hopes of solving a problem that is emotional or psychological. These people are not the type who should be going through a major change in their physical appearance. Thankfully most doctors are able to catch these people and direct them to the proper resources before they make a life-altering mistake.There are a lot of reasons to consider having cosmetic surgeries. It can help achieve the body and face that a person wants. It needs to be done for the right reasons, though, because it is a life changing process.