You may have heard it said that plastic surgery is a way to actually improve your health, and not just your appearance. While you may not think that’s true, there are numerous real health benefits to having the right procedure done, and not all of them are obvious.
This is, in part, because of the proven link between your mental and physical health. Plastic surgery can improve your self-image and self-esteem, and it can also motivate you to take better care of your body, which leads to an overall healthier lifestyle.
What surprises most people is that the benefits are not solely restricted to the realm of mental and emotional health; procedures can lead to increased health, a lower risk of life-threatening problems, and a life span years longer than what you may have experienced without plastic surgery.
Here’s a list of five different health benefits you can enjoy after plastic surgery with the correct plastic surgeon. While deciding if a procedure is right for you, keep these things in mind; you can not only improve your life, you could actually extend it with plastic surgery.
1. A Lower Risk of Diabetes
Some of the most popular procedures are liposuction and breast reductions. With the relatively recent popularity of “lap band” surgery and fat removal through surgery over the last few decades, this has become an option for many that want to lose weight.
While nothing can beat the combination of eating right and exercise, these procedures can and do remove fat cells from your body. Because the fatty acids produced by these cells are a major cause of your body being unable to properly break down insulin, the fewer you have the lower your chance of developing diabetes.
As an added bonus, once the fat is gone you will most likely be more motivated to keep your weight under control, leading to a healthier (and longer) life.
2. Heart Conditions
Another benefit of removing excess fat from your body is less strain on your heart, which gives you a much better chance to avoid heart conditions.
The medical field recognizes that two of the biggest factors in developing a heart condition are high blood pressure and high cholesterol; the presence of one or both of these things in your body greatly increases your chance of developing much more serious problems with your heart.
While a typical liposuction or breast reduction removes a small amount of fat from your body, these procedures are still removing fat, and the less fat cells you have in your body, the easier it is to maintain a proper cholesterol level and to keep your blood pressure in check.
As mentioned at the beginning, self-esteem has a larger effect on your health than you might realize.
Whether it is due to changes to appearance due to an accident, a long-term weight problem or a body feature that is either inconvenient or embarrassing, the right procedure can change someone’s life for the better.
If someone is too ashamed or lacks the self-confidence to go to the gym or start an exercise regimen, plastic surgery can give them the self-confidence to not only maintain the gains they receive from the operation but can also give them the motivation to continue to improve their health.
Meeting people for the first time, finding the courage to go to the gym or even just making new friends and improving their quality of life, the self-esteem boost from a surgery can be massive, and lead to impressive changes in your life.
Alleviating various types of pain is an enormous benefit of some procedures.
A common example of this is breast reduction surgery. If a woman’s breasts are too large for her frame to properly support, it not only limits her activities, it also causes her constant pain and discomfort, especially in the form of back and shoulder pain.
The same can be said about back pain caused by excess weight; a weight reduction procedure can give you an amount of relief from what you’ve just accepted as a regular part of your life for years.
The best part about this is that plastic surgery performed to help alleviate chronic pain could be covered by your insurance; many insurers see these procedures as health-related and will cover some or most of the cost of plastic surgery in these cases.
Of course, you’ll need to talk to your insurance company and doctor to find out exactly what your options are, and how much (if any) assistance your insurer will provide to help you get relief from chronic pain through plastic surgery.
5. Healthier Habits
We’ve touched on this already, but one of the most beneficial effects of plastic surgery on patients is the change in lifestyle that these procedures can lead to.
By raising self-esteem, plastic surgery may give someone the courage to start using their local gym or other exercise options, allowing them to become more healthy over time.
Also, once the recovery period is done, many patients find that they’re more motivated to continue to improve themselves, or at the very least maintain their health and appearance gains.
Once you’ve completed the process, patients are likely willing to put in time and effort to avoid a sense of having “wasted” their money and recovery time; this can be a powerful motivator and can lead to truly impressive changes in lifestyle and overall health.
In these cases, plastic surgery may start out as a means to an end, but once that first step is made with the help of a procedure, it can “jump start” a patient’s self-image, self-esteem and drive to improve themselves more than almost any other method or event.
A Brand-New Life
There are thousands of people that have undergone plastic surgery and then found themselves living a life they could have hardly imagined before the procedure was done.
Of course, step one is to consult with a qualified doctor; the correct plastic surgeon can make a drastic improvement in your overall health with the right procedure.
|Dr. Nandi Wijay was born and raised in Houston Texas. Dr. Wijay first attended Clear Lake High School where he graduated with honors. Dr. Wijay then attended the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated with Honors with a bachelor of science in Biochemistry. Following college Dr. Wijay attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch where he graduated with Honors in Research. Dr. Wijay was then accepted to a 6 year integrated plastic surgery residency program at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Now, Doctor Wijay is one of the co-founders of The Oaks Plastic SurgeryThe Oaks Plastic Surgery, transforming one life at a time.|