When many people hear the words “plastic surgery”, improving one’s appearance is typically the first thing that comes to mind. And while it may be true that the primary goal for the majority of my plastic surgery patients is to rejuvenate their appearance and improve their self-esteem, cosmetic surgery certainly has the ability to offer so much more. In my experience, certain cosmetic surgery procedures can also provide tremendous health benefits to a wide variety of patients. Allow me to explain:
The tummy tuck is consistently one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the US. This is largely due to its ability to create a flatter, more toned stomach by tightening the abdominal muscles and removing loose skin and fat from the abdomen. But a tummy tuck can provide a number of medical benefits too. By repairing the abdominal wall, a tummy tuck can treat ventral hernias and even prevent future ones. Tummy tucks can also treat symptoms of stress urinary incontinence in certain patients. Lastly, a tummy tuck can potentially improve a patient’s posture by tightening weak abdominal muscles.
In addition to improving the size, shape or general appearance of the nose, a rhinoplasty can also have considerable medical benefits. Many patients have breathing issues from a condition known as a deviated septum, in which the bone and cartilage that divide the nasal cavity in half is crooked or off-center. Rhinoplasty can be used to treat nasal blockage inside the nose and improve a patient’s breathing, which can have an immense impact on their overall health and wellness.
Most of my breast reduction patients hope to address aesthetic concerns, but it’s also common for some women undergo breast reduction procedures to help feel more comfortable in their bodies. Larger breasts are heavier, creating excess stress and strain on the neck and back. This can lead to considerable back and neck pain, as well as posture issues. Additionally, the constant pull of larger breasts can lead to painful indentations from bra straps on a woman’s shoulders. Breast reduction can make life more comfortable by reducing this strain.
Regardless of why you choose your respective plastic surgery procedure, I believe that cosmetic surgery can provide tremendous relief for patients. But the added perks of these and many other procedures are certainly something to keep in mind when weighing the possibility of cosmetic surgery. If you are interested in learning more about cosmetic surgery and all its potential benefits, please contact me, Dr. Franklyn Elliott, to schedule a plastic surgery consultation today. You can also follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery tips and information.