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Psychological Factors in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery: Recent Developments in Patient Care

Pruzinsky, Thomas

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The goal of cosmetic surgery is to facilitate improvement in the patient's psychological functioning primarily by modifying the patient's body image. This article updates the professional literature on recent developments in the study of the psychology of cosmetic plastic surgery.

Thomas Pruzinsky, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Quinnipiac College in Hamden, CT. He is a consultant for the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at NYU Medical Center.

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