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The Seven Guilt Messages

Guilt can be stimulated by many factors. Why do we humans feel guilty about loving ourselves? Some of the answers can be plainly seen when we look at the cultural, religious, social, sexual and media influences on our lives. Here's a breakdown of messages that prompt us to feel guilty for altering our physical appearance:

Deciding to undergo cosmetic surgery is not an easy process. The odds can seem stacked against you when you consider all the elements described in this chapter. The average cosmetic surgery patient begins thinking about having surgery four years before making inquiries, and then has two to three consultations with different doctors before deciding. I think this makes good sense.

Look in the mirror and listen to your feelings. How much better would you feel if you could streamline your shape, grow new hair, enhance your brea

Deciding to undergo cosmetic surgery is not an easy process. The odds can seem stacked against you when you consider all the elements described in this chapter. The average cosmetic surgery patient begins thinking about having surgery four years before making inquiries, and then has two to three consultations with different doctors before deciding. I think this makes good sense. Look in the mirror and listen to your feelings. How much better would you feel if you could streamline your shape, grow new hair, enhance your breasts or lose those facial jowls? Would it build your confidence? Would you function more effectively in the world if you could feel good about the way you look? And if so, how realistic are your expectations? Your doctor can help you answer this last question. If you're over 40, ask yourself, "Do I want to look like a young fashion model, or do I want to look the best I can for my age?" If you feel certain that cosmetic surgery will help you feel better, and if you're willing to take good care of yourself physically and emotionally once you've made the change, then congratulations! You've made a decision based on self-respect and wisdom.

A new body by itself can't guarantee career success, an improved social life or a more stable marriage. It won't solve your everyday problems. But it's one part of a process of growth and change that we engage in throughout our lives.


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