Cosmetic surgery has a number of health benefits that can improve your quality of life, and make you a happier, healthier person.
Here are 6 scientifically proven health benefits of cosmetic surgery.
1. Improved mental health
Cosmetic surgery can be an effective tool for improving your self-esteem and confidence. We all have parts of ourselves that we don’t like—perhaps a misshapen nose, a build-up of fat around the belly, or eyelids that have started to droop with age. These “problems” can create a nagging sense of sadness because they aren’t considered normal in our society, and ruin our chances of meeting the demanding beauty standards we’re held against.
Cosmetic surgery can help to fix some of these insecurities, which may make you feel more at ease with other people, improve your self-esteem and confidence, and enhance your general sense of happiness. Cosmetic surgery is certainly not an elixir for happiness, and won’t fix other areas of your life that may need some attention—much work goes into creating a happy, contented life. But rather, cosmetic surgery can be a way to eliminate distressing, ceaseless insecurity that has been making you a little sadder.
2. Better sleep
Misshapen or damaged noses can be difficult to breathe through, leading to health issues such as nasal congestion, asthma, tooth decay, snoring, and sleep apnea1. Rhinoplasty (more commonly known as a nose job) is a form of cosmetic surgery that repairs and reshapes the nose, which can lead to better sleep, reduced snoring, and reduced problems related to sleep apnea. Of course, if you’re getting rhinoplasty for aesthetic reasons only, you may not see these particular benefits, but may see your confidence boosted instead.
3. Improved vision
As we get older, the muscle in our eyelids can stretch and cause our eyelids to sag downwards—a condition called ptosis. This can make it more difficult for us to see, create extremely dry or watery eyes, and also make us look constantly tired, which can affect our self-esteem.
Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that helps to correct these problems. It can involve the removal of excess skin, muscle, and fat, which opens up the eyes to improve vision, and can also make you appear younger and more alert.
4. Less back and neck pain
Large breasts can cause crippling back and neck pain, and this issue can be resolved with reduction mammaplasty (also known as breast reduction surgery). It can also make exercise easier, and as with other forms of cosmetic surgery, can improve your confidence and mental health.
5. Fewer migraines
Botox injections are an approved treatment for chronic migraines. Doctors believe that they help to reduce their frequency by blocking pain-carrying neurotransmitters in your brain, which prevents the chemicals from reaching the nerve endings in your head and neck. For a migraine sufferer, this can increase their quality of life dramatically2.
6. Less postpartum back pain
Pregnancy can cause strain on the lower back, leading to postpartum back pain after the baby is born. Some research suggests that the tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) can help to relieve this pain by relieving stress on the abdominal muscles and back, which helps to stabilise the core3. This results in a better quality of life for the new mum.
- Cynthia Talor Chavoustie, 2021, Nose Breathing: Benefits, How To, Exercises to Try, Healthline
- Susan Berstein, 2020, Botox Injections for Migraines: How It Treats Migraine Headaches, WebMD
- Sara Angle, 2018, Postpartum Back Pain and Tummy Tuck, Healthline