Date of Award






Degree Type

Bachelor of Science


School of Nursing

First Advisor

Deryus Tillman

Second Advisor

Tiffni Daniel

Third Advisor

Ramesh Rao


All over the United States (U.S.), men and women alike are undergoing elective, invasive cosmetic surgery. Research has found there is an increasing number of patients choosing cosmetic surgery in hopes of alleviating psychological disorders such as body dysmorphic disorder and low self-esteem. The objective of this review is to analyze the literature available regarding cosmetic surgery and the psychological issues leading to the decision to undergo elective, invasive cosmetic surgery in order to understand and identify the possible benefits of psychological screenings. Information for this study was obtained from three electronic databases - Galileo, PubMed, and CINAHL. U.S. based studies published in peer-reviewed journals focusing on the psychological aspects of patients undergoing elective, invasive cosmetic surgery was assessed. This extensive search provided many articles to consider. A total of 22 articles was chosen to be used in this literature review. Cosmetic surgery is a growing industry. With me procedures being created, the features we perceive to be imperfect or undesirable can be corrected. Many people are now choosing surgery, often risky ones, to achieve the current, ever-changing “it” look. Researchers have found a clear, negative correlation between cosmetic surgery and mental health. In order to protect these patients, screenings need to be implemented to ensure that the patient has no underlying psychological condition that could be contra indicatory to surgery.

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Nursing Commons