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Patients who undergo plastic surgery have a variety of different reasons why they go through with the surgery. They may have broken bones and need to have their parts reconfigured. They may have been burned and need skin grafts. They could have malformations or Dysphormia. They may just want to improve the looks of some of their body parts. Regardless of the reason, plastic surgery has been shown to improve the quality of life for people who are lucky enough to have it done.

One study showed that plastic surgery not only improved the patient’s quality of life, but it also showed to reduce anxiety over Dysmorphia. “Based on baseline measures and responses at 3, 6 and 12 months post-surgery or post-consultation, the researchers found that those who completed surgery showed improvements in appearance satisfaction, goal attainment, well-being, life quality, self-perceived attractiveness and decreased anxiety and dysmorphia, compared to the non-surgery group.” Sometimes, these surgeries even increase the perceived significance of looks during consideration for job promotions or career changes.

Plastic surgery goes back as far as 600 BC, when a surgeon reconfigured a nose with cheek tissue. When the 19th century hit and anesthesia and the practice of using antiseptics to reduce the development of diseases came about, massive improvements in plastic surgery happened. Then, World War II hit, and many plastic surgeons had to hone their skill sets to be much more detail-oriented. This lead to the first cosmetic rhinoplasty in 1923 and the first face lift in 1931.

In this day and age, plastic surgery has come to include so much more than just cosmetic surgery, which in and of itself encompasses a variety of procedures, including but not limited to, “Botox treatments,… chemical peels,… microdermabrasions,… laser hair removals,… vein sclerotherapies (strippings),… liposuctions,… rhinoplasties (nose jobs),… breast augmentations,… blepharoplasties (eyelid reconstructions),… abdominoplasties,… breast reductions,… vaginal rejuvenation procedures,… calf augmentations, and… pectoral implants.” Plastic surgeries, for example, encompass working with children who have congenital anomalies and disorders who need a reconstructive surgery to function properly and have a more “normal” look. Surgeries such like these provide true hope for people with a need for reconstructive surgery. It is a blessing to their lives that allows them to move forward with less health problems and a brighter future.

As another example, people with cleft palates have to have surgery within the first year of life to correct their ailment. Correcting these cleft palates can provide children with the ability to speak properly, eat and digest food normally, and breath without blockage. These are extremely important surgeries for the wellbeing of children moving forward in their lives. This will reduce the likelihood that they feel shame over their appearances and help them to function properly.

Plastic surgery can be life saving.  It can even be fun.  Plastic surgery can improve the quality of life for those who receive it.