Thinking about having a nose job or facelift? You may be more pleased with the results if you’re older–or if you’re being treated for depression, a new study suggests…
To learn more about what makes patients pleased (or not) with the results of their surgery, cosmetic surgeons at the University of Michigan surveyed 35 women and 16 men before and after they underwent facial surgery. The researchers assessed a range of patient characteristics, such as marital status, education, medical history, and personality.
Two-thirds of the patients said they were very satisfied with the results of their surgery, ranking their satisfaction an 8 or above on a scale of 1 to 10. Nearly one-quarter judged the results to be a perfect 10. (Interestingly, the surgeons tended to rate their work slightly lower than the patients did.)
The 20 patients who were taking antidepressants or in therapy for depression rated the surgery results a full point higher, on average, than those who weren’t–the opposite of what the researchers expected.
“I’m not sure exactly what that means,” says the lead author of the study, Dr. Jeffrey Moyer, M.D., a cosmetic surgeon at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. “I think it speaks to how complex depression is.”
Dr. Steven B. Hopping, M.D., past president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, says that most of the patients he sees at his practice in Washington, D.C., are on antidepressants.
Well, that gives you a clear picture of the state of healthcare for the American middle class.
Or at least what’s modulating their brains.