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5 Surprising Health Benefits of Plastic Surgery

Ava Lawson | December 21, 2017 | Posted in News

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We all know that a tummy tuck flattens the belly and liposuction reduces unwanted bulges, but can going under the knife really improve your health? Research and anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that plastic surgery is much more than an exercise in vanity — there are long-term physical and emotional health benefits to be enjoyed too.

Cosmetic enhancements are often sought to improve one’s appearance, oftentimes a facial feature or change in the body as we age, have children and experience the unsettling effects of gravity. When we improve a physical aspect about our bodies that bothers us, we generally feel better. Looking in the mirror is a more pleasant and positive experience. This boost in self-esteem spills into other facets of our lives, helping to bring about other positive changes in our health.

There are many surprising benefits of plastic surgery; let’s take a look at five ways surgery can enhance your overall well-being.

Relief from chronic pain

There are certain procedures that can help relieve chronic back, neck and shoulder pain by eliminating extra fat, tissue and sagging skin that lead to poor posture, exercise intolerance, sleep disturbances, headaches and other problems. Breast reduction surgery and abdominoplasty can deliver life-changing results, relieving patients of extreme physical discomfort that can lead to a sedentary lifestyle.

Better physical health

In addition to improving your looks, some procedures can also improve your physical well-being. An upper eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, can reduce the effects of eye strain while improving peripheral vision. Rhinoplasty can fix a deviated septum, which blocks airflow and hampers breathing. A corrective rhinoplasty can help you breathe better and reduce snoring, leading to better quality sleep.

Reduced risk of diabetes and cardiovascular problems

In the same vein of improving physical health, plastic surgery that results in moderate weight loss is associated with a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes (as patients become less insulin dependent) and fewer risks of heart problems linked to high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Many body contouring procedures including liposuction, tummy tucks, thigh lifts and lower body lifts help patients lose stubborn fat and/or sagging skin.

Increase self-esteem and happiness

A boost in self-confidence is one of the biggest benefits of plastic surgery. When you feel better about yourself, you are more likely to make emboldened decisions, and take charge of situations that were formerly intimidating. In a 2013 study on the psychological effects of cosmetic surgery, researchers found that patients who went under the knife were less anxious, experienced more joy in life, and felt healthier and happier than before the procedures. This improvement in self-esteem and confidence can translate into an empowered sense of worth and well-being.

Motivation to stay fit and healthy

The body slimming results of laser liposuction or a tummy tuck is often strong motivation for patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle, stay active and watch their weight. Fitting into those tight skinny jeans is encouragement enough to eat a clean diet and exercise regularly.

Dr. Thomas Loeb is a board certified plastic surgeon in Manhattan specializing in the latest body contouring and facial rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Loeb has practiced in New York City for more than two decades providing exceptional care to help his patients look and feel their best.

Additional Resources:

  1., 4 Overlooked Health Benefits of Plastic Surgery
  2. Science Daily, Why people put themselves under the knife: Plastic surgery makes people happy
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