A breast surgery nocebo effect can result from many different surgical procedures and ay have dramatic effects on the mindbody health of the individual. Nocebo is a Latin word which means “I shall harm you”. Nocebo is a common phenomenon in psychosomatic medicine, which can result from a negative diagnosis, acquired information or internal belief. Nocebo is the direct opposite of the placebo effect.
This article explains how plastic surgery can lead to negative health consequences enacted purely through the power of the mindbody connection.
Breast Surgery Nocebo Effect
The nocebo effect is a well known causation of, and contributor to, the development of psychosomatic conditions which can make life a terrible ordeal.
The vast majority of treatment-resistant pain syndromes, currently plaguing mankind, are either directly caused by a psychogenic process, or are at least contributed to, or perpetuated by, psychosomatic factors.
The most common all these conditions include headaches, back pain, fibromyalgia, ulcers, gastrointestinal discomfort, TMJ, carpal tunnel syndrome and many others.
Causes of Plastic Surgery Nocebo
There are many situations which may cause a woman to suffer a nocebo effect related to a surgical breast procedure:
Diagnosis of breast cancer can create a severe effect on the mind and body.
Reading inflammatory information suggesting that breast implants might be harmful to the patient’s health.
Warning from a doctor or radiologist that breast implants are dangerous or may make mammography more difficult.
Acquiring any information which may lead the patient to believe they might suffer ill effects from breast augmentation, reduction or mastopexy surgery.
Any other cause which creates a feeling of doubt or unrest concerning an operative breast procedure.
Preventing Breast Surgery Nocebo
Preventing the nocebo effect is really quiet simple. First, it is important to fully understand the true facts concerning your proposed procedure. Know the potential risks and rewards and do not listen to hearsay.
Do not allow someone to convince you that their problematic experience will be your fate. Similarly, do not listen to people who knew of someone who had some terrible experience and then transfer that experience to your own situation.
Have confidence in your doctor and make your surgical decisions slowly and carefully. Knowledge and confidence cancel the nocebo effect and prevent the subconscious mind from creating disease in the physical body.
Mindbody Surgical Nocebo
The mind and body work together in all aspects of health and disease. Do not discount the ability of the mind to influence the physical body positively or negatively.
Limit the power of the nocebo effect by gaining factual knowledge and making wise surgical decisions. Do not allow others to make you doubt your own choices, once they have been made.
Consult with your plastic surgeon about specific ways to reduce any potential nocebo effects from complicating your recovery.