Beyond Beauty: Reconstructive Aspects of Cosmetic Surgery
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
While the pursuit of beauty is one
reason to consider plastic surgery, there are many others. From reconstructive
surgery to rebuilding self-esteem, the cosmetic surgery industry offers more
than perfect lips and enviable thighs. Here are five examples of how cosmetic
surgery demonstrates the perfect harmony of health and science.
- Reconstructive Surgery - Reconstructive procedures can be used to
fix birth defects, such as cleft palates, and for treatment after a traumatic
injury, such as severe burns or car accidents. Reconstructive surgery can also
be used for rebuilding breast tissue after treatment for breast cancer.
- Tummy Tuck - Abdominolpasty can be used to alleviate
irritation from rashes and skin infections caused by loose, hanging skin.
Excess skin can also cause lower back pain, which can be reduced with this
- Rhinoplasty - A nose job can help cure breathing troubles, fix
recurrent sinus problems, and help reduce snoring. During rhinoplasty, it is
relatively easy to perform septoplasty (repair of a deviated septum) which is
known to cause nosebleeds and headaches.
- Breast Reduction - In a recent study
for Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS),
Dr. Michelle Coriddi and colleagues of Wexner Medical Center at the Ohio State
University, Columbus, found breast reduction surgery to have significant
advantages for psychosocial, sexual and physical well-being, enough so to
warrant being covered by insurance.
"The improvement in physical
activity, decrease in costly chronic medical complaints and improvement in
overall quality of life indicated by this survey study validates insurance
coverage for this procedure."
In addition to alleviating back pain,
breast reduction can lead to significant improvements in sleep and enjoyment of
- Self-Esteem - Self-esteem is at
the heart of how happy we are in life. In the article, "Self-Esteem Check: Too Low, Too High," the Mayo Clinic lists some of the benefits
associated with a healthy self-esteem:
- Increased ability to express needs and
- Greater confidence in making decisions
- Improved ablity to form secure and
- A decreased likelihood of maintaining unhealthy
- Decreased occurrence of overcritical
thinking about yourself and others
- Improved emotional resilience and a
higher capability of managing stress and setbacks
- Decreased likelihood of experiencing
feelings such as hopelessness, worthlessness, guilt and shame
Whatever your motivation for
considering cosmetic surgery, it can do a lot to help you feel your best, to
feel at home in your skin, and feel good about yourself.