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Yes, You Can Have Plastic Surgery for Health Reasons. Here Are 4 Procedures That Aren’t Just for Looks.

Beautiful fit woman enjoying non-aesthetic health benefits of plastic surgery proceduresDid you know that many popular plastic surgeries can improve more than just your looks? While it may seem obvious that breast reduction offers relief to women whose breast size causes them back pain, there are other procedures that provide noticeable relief from physical problems. Here are 4 plastic surgeries that can help you feel more confident while also helping your body function better.

1. Tummy tuck may relieve diastasis recti, lower back pain, and stress urinary incontinence

Post-baby or post-weight loss, a condition called diastasis recti can occur when the abdominal muscles are stretched, separated, and weakened, never fully returning to their correct anatomical position. Without proper abdominal support, individuals with this condition may experience lower back pain, digestive issues, a visible bulge, and other related symptoms. Stress urinary incontinence also commonly affects women who have given birth vaginally.

A tummy tuck involves tightening the musculature of the abdominal wall, returning the muscles to the correct anatomical position, then tightening the abdominal skin on this new, firm foundation. Performed as part of a tummy tuck, diastasis recti repair mends the core cause of the post-pregnancy “pooch” and relieves the symptoms associated with these weakened muscles, including lower back pain and stress urinary incontinence.

2. Eyelid lift may improve vision

An eyelid lift tightens the sagging, or ptotic, muscles and skin that are behind drooping upper and lower eyelids, helping you to look younger and refreshed.

Eyelid lifts also help many patients see better by improving the size of the visual field, including peripheral vision. It can also treat or prevent long-term issues that are associated with ptotic eyelids, such as astigmatism, lazy eye, and neck problems.

3. Breast reduction restores comfort and posture

Overly large breasts are often the cause of chronic discomfort: the oversized breasts strain the back, lead to shoulder grooving from bra straps, cause chafing and heat rashes, and get in the way of exercise. Having large breasts also leads many women to have poor posture, which can have a number of negative effects on both short- and long-term health, including permanent curvature of the spine.

A breast reduction corrects the cause of these issues by removing excess tissue, lifting the breasts, and repositioning nipples, with improved internal support. In the hands of a skilled plastic surgeon, a breast reduction creates a breast size and shape that is ideal for your frame, allowing you to live harmoniously with your chest.

4. Body lift after weight loss reduces irritation & completes the transformation

Weight loss rewards you with increased confidence and energy, but the journey often feels incomplete for those who deal with excess skin that does not fully contract after weight loss. Flaps of skin are also physically irritating and lead to hygiene problems, increasing the potential for infections.

Circumferential body lift

A circumferential body lift (also called 360 body lift, lower body lift, or belt lipectomy) removes excess skin and tissues from the back, flanks, buttocks, and abdomen after significant weight loss, completing your weight loss transformation and revealing your true results. This procedure also eliminates skin flap irritation and other associated issues, and helps clothes to fit more comfortably.

Thigh lift

For patients with stretched skin in the thighs due to weight loss or aging, an inner thigh lift and/or outer thigh lift removes excess tissues to create a smooth thigh contour. This procedure is commonly performed on its own to reduce chafing or skin irritation on the legs.

Choose a board certified plastic surgeon for your procedure

No matter which plastic surgery you seek, it is key to select a surgeon with the appropriate credentials and years of experience. With board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Emily J. Kirby, you can expect a caring surgeon who upholds the highest standards of care from consultation through post-surgical checkups. Call us at 817-292-4200 or contact us online to schedule your consultation in Fort Worth today.

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