Traditionally, plastic surgery treatments have been thought of solely as procedures to improve a person’s appearance or make them look younger. Though this is often the case, there are a few procedures that go beyond appearances, helping people deal with significant physical conditions while also giving them a self-confidence boost. Here are 3 popular plastic surgery treatments I offer in Louisville, KY that have added benefits.
1. Breast Reduction or Lift
Breast reduction procedures remove extra breast tissue, reducing the weight of the patient’s breasts and alleviating a number of other problems, such as bra straps digging into skin and discomfort when performing physical exercise. More so, the weight of large, heavy breasts can lead to poor posture and chronic pain in the back, shoulders, and neck. In a breast reduction, unwanted tissue is removed and the size of the patient’s breasts is reduced. After the surgery, many patients are pleased to find that they have better posture and their chronic back and neck problems are reduced significantly. Similarly, breast lift procedures pull the weight of the breast tissue up to a higher point on the body, alleviating poor posture and added weight on the shoulders and neck. Because posture is an important part of maintaining a healthy back and strong core, alleviating the weight and pressure on this area can help improve core strength and patient comfort.
2. Tummy Tuck
This popular treatment removes extra skin and sometimes fat in the lower abdomen. Common after multiple pregnancies, weight loss, or aging, a tummy tuck is an option for both women and men to regain slim, toned contours. However, removing this extra skin and weight can also help with comfort in exercising and performing other healthy activities. The tummy tuck procedure is even more effective for patients who suffer from diastasis recti, or separated abdominal muscles. This condition often occurs during pregnancy or weight gain, when fat beneath the abdominal wall pushes out against it, separating the muscles so they can no longer support the abdomen and internal organs effectively. During a tummy tuck, these muscles can be repaired, resulting in a more supportive core, better posture, and an improved ability to perform exercises. Some patients even say that after their tummy tucks, they were more apt maintain their results by eating healthier and exercising more.
3. Upper Eyelid Surgery
An upper eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, treatment removes extra tissue and skin from the upper eyelid. While many patients receive the treatment to get a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance, the surgery has other lesser known benefits. Extra skin and tissue in the upper eyelid can cause it to droop down, covering the eye and disrupting the patient’s line of vision. By removing this extra weight from the eyelid, patients may regain a clear line of sight and have to worry less about lifting their eyebrows or squinting during their day-to-day activities.
Many patients are thrilled to discover these lesser-known but exciting benefits of common plastic surgery procedures. If you feel you might benefit from one of these treatments, I invite you to request a consultation at our practice. Dr. Mizuguchi and I would love to meet with you to discuss how these treatments can help you.