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Optimism not linked to higher surgery satisfaction

Article-Optimism not linked to higher surgery satisfaction

Palo Alto, Calif. — New research suggests that baseline pessimism and optimism are not associated with patient satisfaction with facial plastic surgery, and that plastic surgery patients being treated for depression are more satisfied with their procedure than patients not being treated for depression, HealthDay News reports.

Researchers led by Jill L. Hessler, M.D., of Premier Plastic Surgery, here, examined the answers of 51 facial plastic surgery patients who completed a survey on demographics and baseline levels of optimism/pessimism as well as a surgery-specific questionnaire shortly before and a few months after their surgery.

Investigators found that patients over the mean age of 53 were more satisfied with the results of their surgery than younger patients, and that those being treated for depression were more satisfied than those not being treated.

“Despite a priori hypotheses that patients treated for depression might be more pessimistic and rate their satisfaction lower than other patients,” the authors write in their conclusion, “patients treated for depression show a trend toward greater satisfaction from facial plastic surgical procedures than those not treated for depression.”

The study appears in the May/June issue of the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.

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