Summary: It’s generally portrayed as something to make you more attractive, but can plastic surgery make you healthier, too? The answer to this question largely depends on what procedure you’re having performed—and your own personal attitudes towards your procedure. It also depends whether you mean to ask this in a direct or indirect way. Plastic surgery itself may help in certain ways—but how you treat yourself after surgery could be even more significant.
Can Plastic Surgery Make You Healthier After You’ve Undergone a Procedure?
We all know that facelifts and nose jobs are designed to make you feel better about how you look. But can plastic surgery make you healthier too? That seems less likely to the average observer. After all, plastic surgery traumatizes the body (in very specific ways, of course—but surgery is a kind of trauma). How can that make you healthier?
Additionally, most people tend to think of plastic surgery as something that makes aesthetic changes. It’s elective, after all. And if it was going to make you healthier, wouldn’t it be, I guess, mandatory?
The truth is, however, that plastic surgery can indeed generate some positive affects for your health. That said, you’re always going to want to talk to your surgeon before making the decision to get plastic surgery. And your health should always be a topic of conversation. Can plastic surgery make you healthier? It’s possible, especially with the right procedure under the right conditions.
Getting Rid of Neck and Back Pain
One way that plastic surgery can make you healthier is to address chronic pain. The most common example of this is a breast reduction procedure. According to the website of the surgeons at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery—run by two well known and highly recognized Minneapolis breast surgeons—a breast reduction can often minimize neck and back pain.
That’s because breasts that are overly large (especially for one’s frame) can create a significant strain on the body. That strain manifests particularly in the neck and back as discomfort and pain. Patients who come in for breast reduction procedures often cite this discomfort as one of their primary motivators. So, in that sense, breast reduction is reducing pain significantly.
Helping You Lose Weight
The relationship between “health” and “weight” isn’t all that well understood. Some studies suggest that you can be healthy and heavier, while other studies seem to call that into question. However, it’s certainly true that those who want to lose weight are generally able to better keep that weight off when they’ve also had a body contouring procedure performed.
Patients who lose significant amounts of weight are often left with a large amount of excess skin. That excess skin seems trivial, but it can be important for several reason:
- Excess skin cannot be removed by diet or exercise
- Weight loss achievers who have that excess skin can feel that their success is undercut
- Excess skin can look and feel a lot like excess fat
- Many who have a significant amount of excess skin can feel as though their wardrobe choices are just as limited as they always were
In other words, even though the patient might be healthier, the weight loss journey can still feel incomplete. Body contouring, which eliminates excess skin, can help patients feel like they’ve really completed that weight loss journey, like they finally have the body they’ve been working so hard for.
And that’s important to your health. Studies have shown that patients who get body contouring tend to keep the weight off longer (which is good for their health). I suspect that’s due, at least in part, to that sense of finality and accomplishment. To seeing results they love in the mirror.
Helping You Breath Better
Finally, there’s yet another way that plastic surgery might actually be good for your health. In many cases, rhinoplasty (or the so-called nose job) can help you breath better! That’s because many patients hoping to change the look of the nose will also end up addressing the operation of the nose.
Many people have deviated septums, for example, which can interfere with normal breathing. While a surgeon is straightening the bridge of the nose, this deviated septum can often be repaired.
Additionally, patients who undergo rhinoplasty often do so because of damage caused to the nose—sometimes it’s a broken nose or other trauma. In any case, rhinoplasty can repair the look and the function of the nose. This means patients end up breathing quite a bit easier (which, you know, is healthier).
Improving Quality of Life
Ultimately, plastic surgery is designed to improve one’s quality of life. And there’s really no way to quantify how improvements in quality of life end up affecting one’s health. If you’re happier, maybe you’re healthier (certainly, stress has a negative effect on one’s health).
So can plastic surgery make you healthier? Sometimes it can do so directly; sometimes it can do so indirectly. As long is the patient is happy with the final results, that’s really the most important part. Making you healthier is often a bonus.