In a world driven by Instagram, it’s no surprise that a growing number of people are looking to plastic surgery as a way to enhance their look. However, when it comes to cosmetic surgery, there is more than meets the eye. Many assume that people only go under the knife for cosmetic and vain reasons. While we all want to feel and look our best, there are many other benefits to cosmetic surgery.
Keep reading to learn the four reasons why plastic surgery is good and how certain procedures can be life-changing for certain patients.
1. Boost Mental Health
The most common intent behind plastic surgery is to improve physical appearance. While this may seem like a vain reason to go under the knife, it goes much deeper than what seems to be on the surface.
When you improve your physical appearance, you automatically feel better about how you look and how you feel. There’s no better feeling than loving the person that you see in the mirror. So, when patients elect to have cosmetic surgery, they are ultimately boosting their self-image and self-esteem.
Patients who are confident in how they look are also more likely to engage and socialize with others. Improved self-esteem can also have a positive impact in the workplace. Studies have found that “people who suffer with [low self-esteem] often engage in subconscious behaviors that undermine their success, making them less likely to ask for or get promotions, raises, and even jobs.” 1
The mental health benefits of plastic surgery can be life-changing for patients who have for years been ashamed and lacking confidence in their exterior appearance.
Of course, it is worth noting that one’s looks shouldn’t be the only driver behind self-esteem. While people should like how they look, they should also find confidence and happiness in their jobs, relationships, and life achievements. This is why plastic surgeons always consider the mental and emotional state of patients in order to understand the patient’s goals and desires for choosing to undergo certain cosmetic procedures .
2. Improved Health
When it comes to the word health, it’s important to remember that it includes all forms of health, such as physical, emotional, mental, intellectual, social, and even occupational. If you look at the term “health” in the broadest way possible, it’s pretty easy to understand how plastic surgery can have a positive impact on a patient’s health.
The healthier we are, the longer and more fulfilling our lives can be. So, how can cosmetic enhancements help health? Here are a few examples that go well beyond the cosmetic side of things.
Women who have large breasts suffer all sorts of health conditions. For example, large breasts are known to cause bad posture; back, neck, and shoulder pain; and rashes, the inability to exercise, and even shortness of breath.
To eliminate complications from large breasts, many women opt to have breast reduction surgery, which reduces the size of the breasts. By removing breast tissue and fat, women can not only enjoy perkier breasts but ones that weigh a lot less. Breast reduction surgery improves posture and can completely eliminate back, neck, and shoulder pain.
Women who choose breast reduction surgery also find that they’re able to take advantage of an exercise regimen that may have been impossible in the past. Routine exercise improves physical and mental health.
Many assume that rhinoplasty surgery, also known as a nose job, is just for changing the shape and projection of the nose, but this cosmetic procedure is often used as a way to repair a deviated septum, which can impact breathing.
After a rhinoplasty, a patient will experience improved oxygen flow. This makes breathing much easier and can even reduce nighttime snoring.
No one wants their face to show their age, which is why facelifts and other facial rejuvenation procedures have become so common. Yet, aging can do more than just make us look less youthful.
As we get older, the skin becomes increasingly lax, especially on the face. This includes the eyelids. Drooping eyelids are not only a cosmetic issue, but the sagging skin can also impact vision and can cause constant dry eyes.
The blepharoplasty procedure removes the drooping skin, which can improve the patient’s sight and overall eye health.
There are new completely non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures to not only make your look younger but also to give you healthier skin. Morpheus 8 is noninvasive skin treatment using microneedling/radiofrequency to stimulate and rebuild collagen that renews and regenerates a healthier skin.
FaceTite and AccuTite are a minimally invasive procedures that uses new radio frequency technology to tighten skin laxity and remove small fat deposits of the face and neck without any large scars.
Fat Loss & Reduction Procedures
Liposuction, tummy tucks, and body lifts are widely sought because they allow patients to get the body contour that isn’t achievable through just diet and exercise alone. While these procedures do, in fact, improve the shape and look of the body, they also offer other health benefits.
For example, patients that undergo liposuction or a tummy tuck are having fat cells removed from the body. Lower levels of fat cells in the body greatly decrease the risk of poor heart health and diabetes.
Having fewer fat cells in the body reduces fatty acids that are released in the body. High levels of fatty acids can decrease the body’s ability to break down insulin, which increases the risk of diabetes.
Fat removal can also lower bad cholesterol levels as well as help to stabilize blood pressure.
3. Reconstructive Benefits
As children, we’re all taught that we’re unique and that it’s okay to be different from others. For those with physical differences, such as a cleft lip, being different can result in being teased and bullied.
For many patients, cosmetic surgery is the best option for improving physical appearance for reconstructive purposes. Cleft lip and cleft palate occur in 1 in every 1,600 babies born in the United States.2
For those children, cosmetic surgery can improve the look of their physical difference while also improving breathing and speech.
Cancer patients are another large group that knows first-hand the benefits of plastic surgery. Reconstructive surgery is often part of post-cancer treatment, especially for women who were diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo a mastectomy, which involves the removal of the breast.
Female cancer fighters may choose to undergo breast augmentation along with other cosmetic procedures, such as 3D areola creation, in order to restore their body to its pre-cancer look. Being without breasts can make women feel less feminine.
Breast augmentation and other cosmetic procedures can create natural-looking results for those impacted by cancer.
4. Benefits Weight-Loss Patients
Patients who have lost an excessive amount of weight have transformed their lives. They’ve adopted healthier, more wholesome diets while also embracing the importance of routine exercise—but patients who have lost 50 pounds or more are often left with loose, sagging skin.
Imagine spending a year or more to lose 100 pounds, only to be left with a sagging belly, thighs, and arms. For many, this is their reality, and being left with so much excess skin can also pose all sorts of health issues. Despite what you may read online and hear on infomercials, there is no cream or exercise that will cause loose skin to retract and go back to its normal state.
For patients who have lost a lot of weight, there are many different types of plastic surgery procedures that can be used to allow them to see and embrace the results of their hard work. Tummy tucks, liposuction, arm lifts, thigh lifts, body lifts, and others are all used to remove loose skin while also improve the contour and shape of your body.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Now that you know the benefits of plastic surgery, you may be more interested than ever to learn how certain procedures can improve your physical and mental health. Whether you’re considering a rhinoplasty to fix a deviated septum or if you’re interested in a breast reduction, you can count on Dr. John Williams and the team at the JW Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge.
Dr. Williams is experienced in a variety of cosmetic procedures, including those that enhance the body, breast, and face. We also offer non-surgical and injectable services.
Ready for the new you? Call us at 225-766-1899 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals so that you can look and feel your absolute best.