Steven A Lang DDS

The reasons for wanting plastic surgery are as varied and as unique as the patients themselves. Everyone who considers plastic surgery has their own reasons for doing so

Sometimes plastic surgery is done to reclaim the body from the ravages of disease. Psychologically speaking, cosmetic surgery is part of the healing process for some people. A woman who beat breast cancer, but lost a breast might not feel completely victorious until she’s undergone breast surgery. A woman who lives with PCOS may find it easier to cope with the risks of the syndrome if laser hair removal eliminates the unwanted hair on her face. A man whose teenage years were plagued with severe acne might find more confidence if the appearance of his scars is reduced. People who have won the battle with obesity and have lost a drastic amount of weight may want or need excess skin removed. People, who are born with disfiguring birth defects or the parents of children born with disfiguring birth defects such as a cleft palate, often find hope in plastic surgery.

Sometimes plastic surgery is used to erase damage from injury. People who survive fires, explosions, war, or a violent attack may find that the scars act as permanent reminders of the trauma. These people may find that their lives are enriched if they can reduce the appearance of scars.

For other people, cosmetic surgery is just that—cosmetic. They want to look as young as they feel. For some people dying gray hair is enough to bridge the divide between what is in the mirror and what is in their heart. Face lifts, collagen injections, and other practices can remove years from someone’s appearance.

Plastic surgery can also be used to change something someone doesn’t like about their appearance. Rhinoplasty is a common cosmetic procedure. The nose is in the center of the face and can change the way the entire face looks. If someone is unhappy with their nose, it can be changed. Liposuction is often used by athletic people who just can’t seem to get rid of the fat in a specific area.

The reasons for considering plastic surgery vary, but they’re always deeply personal. If something is really bothering someone about their appearance, then it’s not a trivial concern. It’s not egotistical vanity. Plastic surgery is something people do to feel better about themselves and there’s nothing wrong with that.