An audit carried out in 2023 by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), which represents Plastic Surgeons in the UK, found that in 2022 there was a 102% increase in cosmetic surgery procedures. The report covered all types of treatments from boob jobs to rhinoplasty, liposuction and ‘tweakments’ like lip fillers. What’s more, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), this is a trend which is mirrored all over the world.

Reasons for undergoing cosmetic surgery in Marbella

When considering why it is becoming more common to undergo an elective cosmetic procedure, there seem to be a number of reasons. Firstly, there is the financial aspect, cosmetic surgery was only accessible to patients with the funds to pay for it, whereas prices are much more affordable today.  With wider access, cosmetic procedures are more common and there is much less of a stigma.  One of the most recent drivers is the advent and prevalence of social media filters. These heavily filtered photos and videos normalize an impossible aesthetic that does not represent real life, which can have a detrimental effect on body image.

In some quarters, cosmetic surgery is frowned upon as being superficial, as it is viewed solely as striving for physical perfection. This is not always the case; a research paper “Motivational Narratives and Assessments of the Body After Cosmetic Surgery” found that there is connection between cosmetic surgery and an expectation that it will improve mental health. The motivations for undergoing surgery are both physical and psychological, with the results expected to facilitate physical, social and emotional improvements.

This ties in with the premise that people who experience low self-esteem are more likely to consider cosmetic surgery, as a means of improving both their body image and to feel better about themselves. Patients with low self-esteem prior to surgery can experience reduced stress and an overall improvement in the quality of their life. However, this would depend upon the reason they were unhappy, for example if they were teased about a large nose and felt self-conscious, then it would be perfectly reasonable to expect to feel more confidence and happy after undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure.

Factors affecting wellbeing after cosmetic surgery

There are many factors that can affect wellbeing and mental health after cosmetic surgery, such as patients who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (an obsession with their appearance). These patients will not feel better and will continue to be preoccupied with perceived imperfections after the surgery.

Also, patients who are experiencing deep psychological problems such as anxiety and depression or relationship problems, and as a result could be undergoing surgery for the wrong reasons, are less likely to experience any positive benefits.

Dr. Pietro di Mauro explains the important correlation between cosmetic surgery procedures and self-esteem: “One of the most rewarding parts of carry out cosmetic surgery in Marbella, is watching patients regain their confidence and self-image, so that they feel better about themselves and their relationships.

“However, cosmetic surgery is not a cure all solution. It is crucial that patients have realistic expectations and they should understand that many of the images online today are achieved with careful lighting, makeup, positioning and filters. The fact is, everyone has different skin, muscle and bone structures, and general levels of health and fitness, making it impossible to achieve identical results and recovery times.”


In conclusion, cosmetic surgery procedures can have positive effects on mental wellbeing, but it is crucial to manage expectations and make informed decisions by attending a consultation with an experienced cosmetic surgeon, such as Dr Pietro di Mauro, who will discuss your requirements and possible results.


If you would like to find out more about Dr Pietro di Mauro’s cosmetic surgery procedures get in touch for a confidential no-obligation personalised consultation, by calling call 648 43 45 93.


How can I tell if I am a good candidate for cosmetic surgery?

As a leading cosmetic surgeon in Marbella, Dr.Pietro di Mauro insists that all potential patients attend a consultation to discuss their desired outcomes. This allows Dr. di Mauro to ascertain the suitability of the patient with regards to their aesthetic goals and also their general health and fitness.  For example, liposuction is not suitable as a means of losing weight for an obese patient, it is a procedure designed to move stubborn pockets of fat to create a smoother silhouette. The first step is to make an appointment with your surgeon.

How long does it take to recover from rhinoplasty?

Dr.Pietro di Mauro offers a new revolutionary method of ultrasonic rhinoplasty which cuts your recovery time in half. It is carried out via a tiny incision which will virtually disappear after one month. After you return home, it is usual to experience some bruising and swelling for one or two weeks. It can take up to 12 months for the nose to fully settle.

What is the process of getting ‘lip fillers?

Hyaluronic lip fillers are administered via a series of tiny injections. This natural looking lip filler plumps up the lips, and it can also be used on other areas of the face such as the cheeks or around the eyes and the nose, to rejuvenate the skin.  The treatment is quick and painless, it is carried out under local or topical anaesthetic as an outpatient.  You will most likely experience a modicum of swelling which should subside after a few hours.