Getting a cosmetic surgery procedure involves more than knowing what treatment you want. You have to be physically and emotionally capable, with the latter not as emphasized in examinations, articles and blogs. Scientists at the Centre for Appearance Research at University of the West of England in Bristol are changing that with a screening process to manage patient hopes and improve overall satisfaction.
Surgery.org posted the information about the mental screening process. Developed by Dr. Alex Clarke and Professor Nichola Rumsey, they indicate that most surgeons at the university want to execute the screening process. Rumsey sees the test as a way to assess patient’s emotional readiness more in-depth and provide them with alternative care. “It will help surgeons to offer care tailored to the needs of their patients, and will generate much needed understanding of the psychological impact of cosmetic surgery.”
The screening process comes after a published report by the British All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image recommended obligatory psychological evaluations for those seeking plastic surgery. According to the study, “This part of a patient’s care must be delivered by those adequately trained, and reliable psychological assessment tools should be developed.”
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