When most of us think about plastic surgery we really only think about the physical appearance benefits. However, sometimes plastic surgery goes beyond our outside appearance and can actually help us with bigger medical issues. Below we have outlined some of the physical and mental benefits of plastic surgery.
Physical Health Benefits
There are a couple different types of plastic surgeries that may not always be cosmetic but can help in reducing risk for certain illnesses or even helping with body aches and pains.
Breast Reduction: some women with larger breasts tend to suffer from neck, shoulder, and back pain because of the weight from their breasts. Having an operation to remove excess tissue from the breasts can help to alleviate this pain because the back no longer has to support such heavy weight. This can also help with everyday workouts, such as doing more rigorous exercises that could not be done before because of the weight of the breast.
Rhinoplasty: this is surgery that is done to the nose. Although, we typically associate nose surgery with physical appearance, there is a lot of people who need to get surgery done to their noses in order to be able to breath better or help alleviate sinus issues. This type of surgery is very beneficial to those with a deviated septum in helping them breath far better than before.
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery): As we age, our skin begins to sag. This can be problematic around the eyes if the skin is too loose it can fold and can actually obstruct vision. Removing the extra skin can help to not have an obstructed view.
Liposuction (Tummy Tuck): this surgery rids the body of fat. Moreover, there are less harmful fatty acids, which impair the body’s ability to break down insulin, being released into the body. Having less of these fatty acids reduces the risk for diabetes. In addition to this, fat removal can help with blood pressure, cholesterol, and ultimately reducing the risk for heart disease.
Palatoplasty: this type of surgery is a reconstruction done to the lips or upper roof of the mouth. This type of surgery is for people who have had the birth defect of a cleft lip or cleft palate. Undergoing this surgery can help with speech impediments due to a cleft palate or lip. Moreover, once this surgery is completed dental restoration can be done in order to replace missing teeth because they did not develop due to the cleft lip or palate.
Mental Health Benefits
Have you ever heard of the phrase ‘when you look good you feel good’? Plastic surgery can help improve self-esteem which has all kinds of helpful mental benefits. The image we have of ourselves is extremely important if we aren’t happy with our appearance, mentally we typically will have a negative outlook. Being comfortable in our own skin, is one of the most important aspects of having a positive outlook and enjoying our everyday lives. The surgeries laid out above although do have health benefits are done for cosmetic reasons. Mentally, if we feel good about ourselves that is what matters most.
Sometimes undergoing plastic surgery can be beneficial. However, it is definitely not for everyone. Serious thought needs to go into undergoing plastic surgery – or any surgery for that matter. These are changes made to the body and sometimes having surgery does not always correct the issues we are looking to correct. So, whether the surgery is for a medical benefit or a cosmetic reason ensure you have done your research and are happy with your decision!
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