August 21, 2006

Cosmetic surgery redux

I've been getting some slack for my post about the link between plastic surgery and suicide, and I think rightfully so. The post was too brief and I think gave the wrong impression. I certainly didn't mean to insinuate that everyone who gets plastic surgery has low self esteem or even that many people who chose elective surgery do. That is almost certainly incorrect. For there to be a link between such surgery and low self esteem, it must only be that overall the population of those who chose elective surgery have lower average self esteem than the general population. A minority of those who chose elective surgery having lower self esteem could cause this shift and explain the link.My sincere apologies to anyone whom I inadvertently offended.