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Plastic Surgery’s Practical Applications

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You know how celebrities or like kids you went to high school with justify their nose-jobs with obvious excuses like “deviated septum” and you just roll your eyes and do that jerking off an invisible penis hand gesture? Yeah, maybe stop doing that. There's a chance they actually did have plastic surgery to repair or restore a body part for pragmatic reasons.
Plastic surgery is highly stigmatized as an expensive, drastic solution to mankind's most shallow problems. There's no doubt that a huge number of people go under the knife in the pursuit of beauty, but often there are physical and emotional problems that can also be solved by cosmetic surgery.
There are some procedures that  according to the board certified plastic surgeons of La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre say “can also eliminate painful or troublesome physical problems and alleviate associated emotional anguish.” Here are some of the non-shallow reasons behind a few procedures(you may remember some as the most popular elective surgeries):
  • Breast reduction surgery. Excessively large female breasts can cause a variety of physical problems, including chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain; impaired breathing; poor posture; skin chafing or irritation; and skin indentations from bra straps. In addition to physical pain, many women also develop emotional discomfort and self-esteem issues from having excessively large breasts.

  • Eyelid lift surgery. Sagging skin in the upper eyelid is called dermatochalasis. For some patients it is a cosmetic concern, but functional dermatochalasis also affects the visual field, interfering with normal vision. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift surgery, helps patients when their vision has been impacted by extra skin that adds weight and causes the eyelids to droop.

  • Gynecomastia treatment. Enlarged male breasts can affect adolescent boys and adult men, often creating embarrassment and a negative self-image. Gynecomastia may be the result of excess fat, excess glandular tissue, and or combination of both. Treatment for gynecomastia creates a more masculine contour; the surgery can include liposuction or surgical excision, depending on the cause of the enlarged breasts.

  • Rhinoplasty procedures. While rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) is often a cosmetic procedure, it is also commonly used to correct defects or repair injuries to the nose. Septoplasty is a different procedure that addresses issues with obstruction of the nasal passages; often rhinoplasty and septoplasty are performed in combination.

  • Vaginal rejuvenation surgeries. Many women suffer trauma during childbirth that stretches the muscles and tissues of the vagina, affecting their enjoyment of sex. A vaginoplasty addresses these issues and helps restore normal intimacy, with a return to satisfactory and pain-free intercourse. Labiaplasty reduces or reshapes the labia, which can become enlarged, causing discomfort or embarrassment as well as having a negative impact on intimate relations.

So there you have it, there are serious applications to cosmetic surgery. Even if 100% of all cosmetic surgeries were purely driven by vanity, we could all be a little less judgmental toward people who choose to go under the knife. Who cares how they spend their money? Who cares if you think they looked better before? Stop trying to tell people what to do. It's shallow to care what anyone does to their own face.

Via PRNewswire// Image via shutterstock