Quality of Life and Self-Esteem among the Patients Seeking Cosmetic Surgery

Author: Siham Amjad

Supervisor: Dr. Afsheen Masood

Degree: MSc

Year: 2010-2012

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


This study aimed to investigate whether cosmetic surgery influences an individual’s self-esteem and quality of life. The sample consisted of 60 patients seeking cosmetic surgery for facial features dissatisfaction. It was hypothesized that the patients having high self-esteem and better quality of life have higher inclination to seek cosmetic surgery procedures. It was hypothesized that the patients having high self-esteem and better quality of life do not seek such procedure. Another hypothesis was that these patients who have high self-esteem have better quality of life. It was hypothesized that there is likely to be a relationship between cosmetic surgery, quality of life and self-esteem of the patients seeking cosmetic surgery treatment. Cross sectional design was used. The sample was drawn by using non probability purposive sampling strategy. Quality of life Scale by (world health organization, 1994) was used to measure the quality of life. Acceptance of cosmetic surgery scale was used to measure the acceptance level of cosmetic surgery by (Henderson-King & Henderson-King, 2005). While Self-Esteem Scale (Rosenberg, 1966) was used to measure self-esteem. The demographic questionnaire was used to get information about demographics. The data was collected from different private, non private hospitals and clinics that were extending their services in cosmetic surgery. The data was analyzed through SPSS (version 16). The findings of the study revealed that there is likely negative relationship between quality of life and acceptance of cosmetic surgery. Findings further revealed that there is no relationship between self-esteem and acceptance of cosmetic surgery whereas another finding there was evidence negative correlation between self-esteem and quality of life.

Keywords: Quality of Life, Self Esteem, Cosmetic Surgery.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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