There’s no shortage of effusive praise for the intangible advantages to be gained from plastic surgery. Go under the knife and enjoy improved self-confidence, diminished social anxiety and a boost to your risk-taking genes in response to your heightened body image.
Less celebrated are the physical benefits that a spell in the operating room can summon up for you.
Here are a few examples of how making the body look better can make it perform better too.
A surgeon’s skilful hands can open the nasal passages of a person addressing obstructive respiration beyond what they’d ever imagined. It makes sense that post- nasal septoplasty and/or turbinate reduction, patients report improved breathing and snoring issues. Not unexpectedly, the quality of their (to say nothing of their partners’) sleep also climbs.
When someone has sagging skin around their eyes (as can be the natural result of age and sun exposure), it stands to reason that they can’t see as comprehensively compared to if they had access to a full scope of vision. Correct the ptosis (drooping eyelids) and patients get an eyeful. More than that, they might enjoy fewer headaches for killing the squinting habit they had cultivated to compensate.
Breast reduction: Back pain
The bigger a woman’s cup size, the more chronic strain she delivers to her spine, shoulders and lower back. Relieve the one burden and the others are relieved, too. Smaller breasts also allow the bearer to exercise more easily, thus increasing her chances for further enhancing her health. Finally, the irritation that heavy breasts can produce on the skin is but a memory after surgery.
Tummy reduction: Back pain
Similarly, the pressure a heavy midsection places on a person’s back and neck can be reduced with liposuction.
Excess skin removal: Skin lesions
The sagging skin that is the legacy of an extreme weight loss can prove a serious discomfort to people dragging it around. Removing and tightening this epidermal surfeit offers meaningful relief.