Cosmetic Procedures That Actually Have Health Benefits

| May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

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With the many advances that have been made in modern medicine, there are cosmetic procedures for just about anything that we want to change about ourselves.

Ultimately it’s important to nurture a strong appreciation for your own natural beauty, and the decision to undergo a plastic or cosmetic procedure is a completely personal one. When considering cosmetic or plastic surgery (you can read about the differences between the two here), it’s important to note that there are some procedures out there that actually do have health benefits.

Here is a look at what you may not know about some of the most common plastic and cosmetic procedures and their associated health benefits.

The Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures

Here’s a rundown of the most common plastic surgeries.

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty) involves removing some tissue and skin from the breasts to reshape and reduce the size of the breasts. It is, of course, an invasive procedure that typically involves several weeks of recovery.

But for women with larger, heavier breasts, the health benefits may make the surgery and recovery period well worth the time and effort. Large, heavy breasts can cause major back and neck pain, posture problems, and skin irritation, and they can also interfere with participation in sports and other activities. Breast reduction surgery can help reduce these problems significantly.


Rhinoplasty plastic surgery nose job

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nose job,” can be purely cosmetic, or it can be a corrective procedure. If an individual has a deviated septum, for example, he or she could suffer from chronic snoring, sleep apnea, recurrent sinus infections, or frequent nosebleeds; a rhinoplasty in this scenario would eliminate these breathing problems.

Of course, rhinoplasty can also reshape and restructure the nose after a serious injury to the nose has occurred.


One common misconception about liposuction is that it is a weight loss tool and a treatment for obesity. However, it is more commonly used to remove undesirable deposits of fat in specific “problem areas” of the body (such as the thighs, abdomen, or arms), with more subtle effects.

It does not remove stretch marks, dimples, or cellulite, either. Liposuction, of course, has immediate cosmetic benefits, but it can also help reduce triglyceride (“bad” fat) levels in the body overall.

Liposuction is also used to remove benign fatty tumors, treat lipodystrophy (a metabolism imbalance in the body), and treat excessive sweating in the armpit area.

Gastric Bypass

On a similar note, there is gastric bypass surgery, which is a type of bariatric surgery. This type of surgery involves creating a small stomach pouch to restrict food intake and attaching a section of the small intestine to this pouch in order to reduce calorie and nutrient absorption.

Cosmetic Surgery vs. Plastic Surgery |American Board of Cosmetic …

… as the residency training required to become board certified in plastic surgery may not include training with respect to many common cosmetic procedures.

The surgery often results in dramatic weight loss afterward, which allows the individual to of course enjoy many of the health benefits that go along with weight loss. These benefits include reduced risk for asthma, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and cardiovascular disease.

Other common types of bariatric, weight-loss-oriented surgery are sleeve gastrectomy (removal of up to 80% of the stomach) and adjustable gastric band surgery (placement of an inflatable band around the upper portion of the stomach).

Eyelid Surgery

Some choose to get eyelid surgery for aesthetic reasons, such as to reduce fine lines, reduce bags, and lend an overall more refreshed appearance. However, for some, eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is more of a corrective procedure, as it can eliminate significant drooping of the eyelid and, in turn, improve vision.

Some who receive eyelid surgery for this reason will also note the added comfort it gives to the forehead area, as the brow muscles will have to do less work in raising and lowering the eyelid.

Orthodontic Work

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Braces, expanders, headgear, and retainers all work to give you a straighter, more attractive smile, but the benefits of well-aligned teeth can actually extend beyond aesthetics.

For starters, properly aligned teeth are easier to clean, reducing your risk of developing several oral conditions such as gum disease and plaque buildup.

In addition, orthodontic work can align not only your teeth but also your bite and jaw, helping prevent uneven wearing of the teeth, tooth damage due to stress, stress on the jaw, and dysfunction of the jaw joint.


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