Many people believe that undergoing cosmetic surgery is a luxury reserved for the wealthy. However, the purposes of cosmetic procedures extend further than vanity. Cosmetic surgery can provide both mental and physical benefits when the patient has the right approach and attitude. Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Franklyn Elliott values enlightening patients on the benefits of the procedures he performs from all angles.
While a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can give you tighter abdominal muscles and a more proportionate appearance, studies published in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by Swiss researchers found that removing excess skin after bariatric procedures also helps patients in keeping extra pounds off. By reducing abdominal fat, patients may also decrease their risk of obesity and diabetes. Excess abdominal fat releases fatty acids that impair the body’s ability to break down insulin, a hormone that increases the chance of developing Type 2 diabetes when too much is present. Recent studies have shown that removing fat cells from the abdomen may lead to reduced levels of other appetite-affecting hormones, which are also secreted by fatty tissues.
Another procedure that surgically sculpts the body by removing unwanted fat from the abdominal area and other body parts is liposuction. Notably, these procedures are not a weight loss tool. Ideal candidates for tummy tuck and liposuction are physically healthy and have realistic expectations of the outcomes of their surgery. In addition to decreasing health risks by reducing abdominal fat, patients must eat healthy and exercise regularly to reduce the risks of heart disease and high blood pressure. For many, one of these procedures is the catalyst needed to propel healthy habits and motivation for a long-term healthy lifestyle.
In addition to mental health benefits like positive motivation, cosmetic procedures can increase self-confidence and self-esteem while eliminating social anxiety caused by the persistent, physical “problem area” being addressed. For example, a patient who has always been bothered by an unmasked bump on the bridge of their nose can have it reshaped by rhinoplasty. Furthermore, patients achieve life-changing results by opting to fix a deviated septum during rhinoplasty, which improves nasal function and increases oxygen flow.
Health benefits of cosmetic surgeries extend from many procedures. Through breast reduction, long-standing shoulder and back pain for women is alleviated, increasing quality of life and self-confidence. Droopy eyelids that impair eyesight and cause a constantly tired appearance can be rejuvenated through blepharoplasty. Loose skin after weight loss or pregnancy can be removed, increasing ability for physical activity and boosting both mental and physical health. Reconstructive surgeries, such as breast reconstruction, allow for a feeling of healing and can make patients “feel like themselves” once again.
When undergoing any of these procedures, it is important to consult with a plastic surgeon so that questions and expectations can be addressed. If you are interested in a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure that Dr. Elliott performs, please contact us to schedule a consultation. For more information on these procedures, please visit his website follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.