The desire to look healthy and young
“What people see when they look at themselves in the mirror has a big impact on their self-confidence,” Dr. Kline notes. Imagine how you would feel if you were given a dress of the wrong size or style and offered to wear it all your life. ”
These are the feelings Melita Koch felt because of her big belly. “I have been physically active all my life,” says the 56-year-old registered nurse. But after four pregnancies, the stomach that appeared prevented me from practicing the sports that I liked the most, volleyball, cycling, jogging. When I stomped on the pedals of my racing bike, my knees rested on my stomach. “And I always looked as if I was in my fourth month of pregnancy, although my weight did not exceed the norm.”
When Melita received the inheritance several years ago, she decided that it was time to tackle her stomach. “I decided to get rid of the abdomen not in order to look attractive or gain approval from the outside, including my own husband,” she insists. I did it to feel better. "
“People like Melita want to look young, full of strength and attractive the way they feel,” adds Victoria Vitali-Louis, MD, a member of the Association of Physicians Specializing in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, in Melbourne, Florida. Or they feel that some part of their body spoils them, introduces disharmony in the image that they composed about themselves. So it was with Michelle Fitzgerald, a 24-year-old secretary. “I think that I made the final decision to correct the shape of the nose after I watched the video shot at our wedding,” she says. All I could see was my nose piercing the veil. I would have nothing against a long nose, but he was still with a hump that deformed my profile. I just wanted to remove this ledge and that’s it. I didn’t try to change my face much, I just wanted to improve the shape of the nose. ”
“Getting rid of the lack of suffering causes people to start living, leaving behind the painful impressions of yesteryear,” says Dr. Vitali-Louis. Barbara Aston recalls that in her childhood she had the nickname Monkey Ears. “I was very offended because it was true,” recalls the 28-year-old journalist. From childhood, I wore long hair so that I could cover my ears. I never pulled my hair into a ponytail, no matter how hot the weather. To change the shape of the ears meant for me the opportunity to forget about them. Now I have ordinary ears, unremarkable, no different from others. Nobody pays attention to them, even myself. ”