Perception of body image among candidates for aesthetic plastic surgery

Abstract:

Introduction: The aim of this study is to investigate the body image perception among women seeking aesthetic plastic surgery. The personality and body image of women seeking esthetic plastic surgery were investigated through the evaluation. Methods: The data were collected using their personal medical records and through the application of a questionnaire, the Body Shape Questionnaire (BSQ), which evaluates the level of concern about the body. In addition, the Silhouette Scale was used, which evaluates the perception that the woman has of her own body. The variables of body mass index and silhouettes as a function of the BSQ scale were compared by analysis of variance ANOVA. Results: The results showed that the women used in this study had distortions of their body image perception and that the degree of concern with their body and BMI interfered in such distorted perception (p=0.0000), which evidenced the dissatisfaction of the women with their self-image. Conclusions: This study demonstrated that distortions of women’s perception of real body image occur and that the degree of concern with their body and BMI interferes with this perception. The increasing number of women seeking for plastic surgery evidences the dissatisfaction with their self-image.

Keywords: Body image. Plastic surgery. Self-esteem

Authors:
Ana Maria de Lima Dantas;
Rejane Maria de Oliveira Holanda;
Ianara Mendonça da Costa;
Eudes Euler de Souza Lucena;
Lucídio Clebeson de Oliveira;
Luciana Cristina Borges Fernandes;
Eligleidson José Vidal de Oliveira;
Eduardo Pereira de Azevedo;
Francisco Irochima Pinheiro;
Amália Cinthia Meneses do Rêgo;
Irami Araújo-Filho and Fausto Pierdoná Guzen

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