Plastic Surgery: Beyond Cosmetic Benefits and Physical Appearance

Plastic Surgery: Beyond Cosmetic Benefits and Physical Appearance


Many men and women consider plastic surgery procedures for many reasons other than appearance alone. The reasons that people have for undergoing plastic surgery are often varied and personal. There are several benefits that individuals share when they opt for cosmetic surgery, regardless of what their reasons for undergoing the procedure may be. The question is, what motivates people to get plastic surgery?

Shouldn't we be learning to love our inner selves, not give in to the endless pressure from Hollywood films, TV commercials and gossip magazines that feed off airbrushed looks and size zero models? Plastic surgeons nod their head in agreement. In an ideal world, yes; however, that doesn't happen. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but they say that doesn't matter if you feel horrible about yourself deep down.

Research has shown that the vast majority of people who undergo plastic surgery have something subtle done. They don't want to tell people as they don't want to be treated differently. It's like make-up, they don't want people to notice what they've had done. They're doing it purely for themselves and their own self-esteem. In other words, if people aren't happy they're not going to make themselves happy by going through surgery. Other reasons that people may undergo plastic surgery are: 

Physical Health: When people think of plastic surgery, they typically think of the effect it has on appearance. For example, breast reduction may help improve someone’s posture and relieve neck and back pain for those women with larger breasts. Nose reshaping and a rhinoplasty can be done to deal with breathing problems (deviated septum), and prevent sleep issues, as well as other respiratory challenges.

Self Confidence: The positive effects of enhancing self-confidence cannot be overemphasized. It is common for people to allow their physical flaws to affect their level of confidence on a daily basis. Improving your appearance and determining how you want to look can provide a major boost for your pride and self-confidence. Therefore, when you are no longer uncomfortable with your appearance, you are not afraid to hide behind anything. 

Mental Wellbeing: Feeling physically damaged or incomplete can take a toll on your mental health, affecting you both physiologically and psychologically. Looks should not define a person, and nobody should seek perfection using plastic surgery as an outlet to maintain optimal mental health. However, the reality is that enhancing the physical state through plastic surgery is essential for many people to make them feel good about themselves and have a positive outlook on life.

Weight Management: Surgeries that are related to weight management and obesity offer the benefit of inspiring people to finally take control of their weight and overall health. When weight spirals out of control, surgery may be the only practical option to get rid of it, after conventional diet and exercise methods have failed. Believe it or not, there are cosmetic procedures that are aimed at encouraging healthier lifestyles and even saving lives.

When factors such as appearance and health issues are of concern, this added stress can make individuals become more vulnerable to self-hate and destructive habits. That is why it is essential to consult a professional who can help you improve your health and get you back on the right track. Talk to your qualified and experienced board-certified cosmetic or plastic surgeon, as they will share valuable advice and give you the help you need.

Want to learn more about the benefits of plastic surgery? Call Atlantic Center Surgery at (954) 983-1899 to request an appointment with Dr. Stelnicki, or request an appointment online.