Plastic surgery can improve your appearance. It can offer myriad psychological benefits such as improved self-esteem and increased confidence. But there are potential health benefits of plastic surgery as well, depending on the procedure undergone and the reasons behind the surgery.
Below, we discuss the health benefits associated with some of the most common plastic surgery procedures.
1. Breast Reduction
Though many women seek out breast implants in order to get larger breasts and a more feminine silhouette, other women seek out breast reduction surgery in order to enhance their appearance by improving their proportions.
However, breast reduction surgery also comes with a host of health benefits. Smaller breasts means less weight placed on the back and shoulders. As a result, breast reduction surgery can effectively correct back problems and ease chronic back pain. And of course, by eliminating chronic pain, patients feel happier and healthier. Breast reduction also has the added benefit of correcting poor posture caused by the extra weight in the chest. It will be easier to stand up straighter when supporting smaller breasts.
Breast reduction can also allow women to engage in more in-depth fitness regimens that were previously offlimits due to their large breasts getting in the way of certain exercises. This, in turn, can help women lose excess weight that may pose physical health risks.
Though liposuction isn’t used as a weight-loss tool, it can effectively eliminate stubborn fat pockets that do not respond to diet or exercise. Liposuction can contour the body to make it look smoother, firmer, and more youthful. However, many patients report having an easier time keeping weight off and remaining at a healthier weight after having liposuction.Liposuction is often seen as a catalyst for the formation of heathy habits.
By helping patients remain healthier, liposuction can improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels while lowering the risk of heart conditions. In addition, it can reduce joint pain and stiffness by relieving the pressure from joints.
3. Tummy Tuck Surgery
Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, can improve body contours, create a more proportionate appearance, improve the silhouette, and create a smoother and flatter abdomen. The benefits of tummy tuck surgery go far beyond these improvements in appearance.
Part of this surgery entails tightening the underlying abdominal muscles. Studies have shown that tightening loose abdominal muscles through abdominoplasty successfully improves stress urinary incontinence symptoms in some patients.
When tummy tuck surgery is performed after bariatric procedures to remove excess skin and fat, it also includes the benefit of helping patients keep the weight off, which decreases their risk of diabetes and obesity. In addition, by removing excess skin that often creates folds, tummy tuck surgery can eliminate the risk of rashes and infections within those skin folds.
4. Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is performed to correct puffy bags below the eyes and drooping upper eyelids. Eyelid surgery can make patients look and feel younger. This type of procedure can also improve vision. Very droopy eyelids can interfere with eyesight. By removing excess fat and skin from the area, many patients remark on having better eyesight without obstruction.
Plastic surgery can not only improve patients’ appearances and well-being, but also lead to secondary health benefits. When considering a plastic surgery procedure, it’s important to consider all of the benefits and risks to determine whether or not the procedure is right for you. During this process, you might come to realize that the procedure you are interested in can offer more benefits than you realized.