People opt for plastic surgery for a variety of reasons. It could be to reconstruct a certain part for medical reasons or simply for cosmetic purposes.

A recent study that sought to establish the reasons for the increase in the number of people choosing plastic surgery in recent years shows a strong link between plastic surgery, better mood and high self esteem.

The findings of the study, which were published in Clinical Psychological Science, show that patients who undergo plastic surgery tend to have higher self esteem, are happier and have a higher sense of personal fulfillment.

Three groups of participants were involved in the study. One group was made up of about 550 patients who had plastic surgery for the first time.

The second group of 260 included people who had changed their mind about having plastic surgery although they had always wanted to have it. The third group comprised more than 1,000 people who were never interested in any plastic surgery procedure.

The participants across all groups had the same levels of life satisfaction and mental health.

Authors of the study used a questionnaire for psychological tests. They asked patients the questions right before the cosmetic surgery procedures then three, six and 12 months after surgery.

Some of the questions, which seemed unrealistic, suggested all the patients’ problems would be solved or the patient would become a completely new person.

Only about 12% of participants felt they would meet such unrealistic expectations after cosmetic surgery.

The results of the study showed that patients who underwent plastic surgery had higher self esteem and had lower levels of anxiety. They were also happier with their whole bodies and not just the part that was fixed and generally felt healthier than those who never had plastic surgery.

These results could explain the growing popularity of cosmetic surgery. Statistics show that in 2012, about 10 million plastic surgery procedures were performed in theUS.

The ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) reports that out of the 10 million patients, women were the majority at 9.1 million. Breast augmentation, nose jobs, abdominoplasty, liposuction and eyelid surgery were the most popular procedures.