I have a friend who, despite being a vegan, hot yoga-loving, self-professed hippie, has had a boob job. You would never know by looking at her (her ta-tas are amazing, but totally real looking) and you would never think that a chick like her, of all people, would turn to plastic surgery.
Many of us—myself included, of course—tend to look down on (or judge) people who have gone under the knife. But new research shows that people who have had work done (like my pal) are reportedly happier after their procedures. So…maybe it’s time to lay off.
Researchers looked at three groups: People who had plastic surgery once, people who wanted to get some kind of work done but didn’t, and people who never thought about getting a procedure. They found that all three were pretty similar in terms of their psyches.
Then, researchers looked at those who had body-altering surgeries three, six, and twelve months post-op and found some crazy results—these people felt healthier, less anxious, more attractive, and just better about themselves in general than those who didn’t get plastic surgery. I know my friend is happy with her “fake” breasts (because they make her body look more proportional).
So, while we may champion being au naturel, changing a body part you feel self-conscious about—be it your boobs, your nose, whatever—could actually make you really freakin’ happy. (Though, when you go all Heidi Montag on your bod and try to morph into a whole other person entirely, that’s a bit of a different story.)
Read more: Plastic Surgery Makes People Happy – Facts about Plastic Surgery – Cosmopolitan
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