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March 16, 2024

What Are The Health Benefits Of Plastic Surgery?

Written by: Dr. Dahlia Rice. Posted in: Blog

Benefits of Plastic Surgery

When you think of the benefits of plastic surgery, you probably think of having a slimmer waist, voluptuous breasts, and youthful glow. But did you know that there are many benefits of cosmetic surgery that impact both you physical and mental wellbeing?

Since the inception of cosmetic procedures, plastic surgeons have relied on a variety of methods to create positive outcomes for their patients, since cosmetic surgery enhances appearance. More recently, surgeons have used cosmetic surgery procedures to address areas of the body that have caused the patient pain.

Now, there are even more opportunities for enhancement through body procedures, breast procedures, and face procedures, as new invasive and non-invasive methods are being developed constantly. So, if you’ve ever wondered what you can expect from undergoing cosmetic surgery, these are just a few of the benefits reported from patients around the world.

Improved Self Esteem

Self esteem is often tied directly to our body image, which makes it difficult to feel confident when you don’t feel secure in your skin. Cosmetic surgeries like liposuction, breast augmentation, and others were specifically created to boost your self confidence and give you the body you’ve always dreamed of.

This increase in confidence alone can have a huge impact on your mental health, reducing thoughts of depression, anxiety in social settings, and other common symptoms of poor body image. Peer reviewed studies show that this is especially true in women’s health, and many cosmetic surgeons now offer tailored services for mothers who have experience poor self confidence following pregnancy.

Ultimately, plastic surgeons aren’t just here to help you look good, they’re here to help you feel good.

Reduced Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body dysmorphic disorder BDD is a type of mental health condition in which the person views their body in a completely different light than others. While this might sound similar to poor body image, individuals who suffer from body dismorphia often go on to develop other serious conditions like anorexia and bulemia.

To combat this, many surgeons rely on cosmetic procedures to help the patient alter their physical appearance in a safe, effective way. This has been shown to reduce extreme cases of dysmorphia and lead to better outcomes in these cases.

If you suspect you may be suffering from body dysmorphia, consult with a mental health professional as soon as possible to discuss your symptoms and potential treatments.

Less Back PainBenefits And Risks Of Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery isn’t just beneficial for your mental health. In fact, there are clear physical benefits you can look forward to when you undergo surgery, particularly a breast reduction.

Breast reductions can be great for aesthetic reasons, but they’re more commonly used to address health concerns that come with having very large breasts. Many women report experiencing extreme back pain due to their breast size, which makes it difficult to perform normal activities.

Moreso, these patients also have a hard time enjoying a normal exercise routine, since running or jogging can be uncomfortable with a large chest size. In these cases, a breast reduction is a great way to eliminate these pains and create a better quality of life for countless women.

Fat Removal

Patients who are morbidly obese often struggle to lose weight through traditional means like diet and exercise. Instead, choosing to undergo plastic surgery procedures like liposuction can result in the instant removal of fat cells, making it easy to lose weight and keep it off over the long-term.

Of course, these patients will still need to make healthy lifestyle changes to ensure they maintain their results, and this will require collaboration with their primary healthcare provider.

Even so, plastic surgery has proven to be a transformative experience for patients struggling to take charge of their health.

Elimination of Excess Skin

Whether you’ve undergone weight loss surgery or you’ve lost a significant amount of weight on your own terms, excess skin can be one of the most difficult aspects of weight loss to address. Beyond making it challenging to enjoy your results, loose skin also poses some serious health risks if left untreated. Patients you have skin folds and other types of loose skin are often prone to:

  • Skin Infections
  • Rashes
  • Sores
  • Difficulty Bathing

Loose skin removal is often the only option in these cases, and a reconstructive plastic surgery like a tummy tuck can be used to remove the excess skin and create a seamless appearance in the process.

Getting The Best Benefits of Plastic Surgery

Regardless of which surgical procedure you choose that is in the latest plastic surgery trends, there are a few steps you’ll need to take to get the best results possible from your cosmetic surgery.

Consult With Your Doctor

Choosing the right cosmetic surgeon is crucial when it comes to getting a cosmetic procedure done. You should always be sure to work with surgeons who have been board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and have extensive experience performing the types of procedures you’re interested in.

Since each patient has different needs, your surgeon should take the time to carefully evaluate your medical history, evaluate possible complications, and determine which procedures are the best fit for your physical and mental health.

Set Realistic Expectations

Despite its many benefits, plastic surgery is not enough to address serious physical and mental health concerns, and having unrealistic expectations about your procedure can even cause your mental state to worsen.

Before you undergo a procedure, make sure you and your doctor have set realistic expectations for your results, the recovery time, and every step in the between.

Health Benefits of Plastic SurgeryEvaluate Potential Risks

As with any surgery, most patients understand that each specific procedure comes with its own surgical risks. That’s why it’s important to thoroughly evaluate your family’s medical history and your current health status before choosing to go under the knife.

Follow Postoperative Instructions

Finally, your surgeon will include detailed instructions designed to help you recover as safely as possible. Regardless of if you feel fine after surgery, you should still take precautions and follow your postoperative instructions as closely as possible. This will reduce your risks of experiencing unwanted side effects and lead positive effects for your self image, increased social confidence, and improved quality of life.


Does Plastic Surgery Improve Your Life?

Plastic surgery can indeed have a profound impact on an individual’s life, particularly in terms of mental and emotional health. It can boost your self-esteem and reduce anxiety related to appearance, which can lead to improvements in your social, professional, and personal lives.

What Plastic Surgeries Can Be Performed?

There seems to be an almost unlimited amount of surgical procedures that are performed by plastic surgeons.  Just to name a few, you could have eyelid surgery, nose surgery, breast augmentation, brazilian butt lifts, labiaplasty, or even a facelift among other procedures.

Can Plastic Surgery Be Medically Necessary?

Yes, reconstructive surgery can be medically necessary. For example, reconstructive surgery, plays a critical role in treating physical abnormalities, whether congenital (present at birth) like cleft lip and palate, or acquired, due to accidents, burns, cancer surgery, or infections.

Will I Be Able To Get Financing For My Procedure?

The best plastic surgery financing includes personal loans, medical credit cards, payment plans, and financing through specialized healthcare lenders. Research carefully for the best fit for your needs.

Consult with Dr. Dahlia Rice Today

Dr. Dahlia Rice is a board certified plastic surgeon dedicated to delivering positive outcomes to patients across the Chicago area. Using a variety of surgical methods, she and the team at DMR Aesthetics have successfully transformed the lives of countless patients, providing them enhanced physical attractiveness, a better emotional state, and more.

To learn more about her cosmetic procedures and to schedule a risk-free consultation, contact her office today.


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