3 Good Reasons for Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery

We talk a lot about being true to yourself, and loving your body as it is. But there are valid situations in which you might want to change something about yourself, and cosmetic surgery is an option in that case. But when is it a good idea to get cosmetic surgery? These three situations cover when and why it might be just what you need.

To Repair Damage

One thing to note right away is that even though we call it ‘cosmetic’ surgery, it isn’t always done for reasons of vanity. In fact, a lot of work that plastic surgeons undertake is reconstructive – repairing damage which has been done in the past. For example, a common injury that could happen to anyone at any time is a broken nose. When the nose sets, it can end up looking crooked, or bear a scar to show the old injury. In this case, you might want to consider fixing your nose back to how it used to look, you can find out more about the procedure here. This is very different to simply getting a nose job because you don’t like your nose – it’s more about returning to the self that you used to recognise in the mirror.

To Aid Health

It’s also very sensible to have a cosmetic procedure done when it might affect your health for the better. An example? I have a friend who for a very long time suffered from breathing problems due to the shape of her nose as it had formed. She would often make a whistling sound when using her nose to breathe, which became a source of social discomfort for her. When she went under the knife, it was to have her nose constructed better, the way it should have been when it formed in the womb. After the healing process was complete, she no longer whistles, and has a newfound self-confidence as a result. There are lots of ways in which you can improve health through surgery, such as getting a gastric band to help you return to a normal weight.

To Be More You

Finally, it’s absolutely acceptable to have surgery if it can help you to feel more like the self you are inside. There’s a difference between wanting to look prettier and feeling like you look wrong – as anyone has been through the second experience would be able to tell you. The most obvious example I can give for this is someone wanting to have a sex change. If you were born in the wrong body, there should be no one who can tell you not to make that change and have the procedures done. Frankly, it’s debatable as to whether these should be considered cosmetic surgery, as it’s about more than the surface – it’s about fixing the way that you feel inside, as those who feel trapped in the wrong skin can be so uncomfortable for their whole lives. That’s not fair for anyone to experience, especially when it’s something we can change.

While everyone should be comfortable with their own bodies and happy with the skin they’re in, there are a few situations where getting cosmetic procedures done wouldn’t interfere with that positive message. In those cases, changes should be encouraged rather than shamed.

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