Published On: Wed, Jun 10th, 2015

How Cosmetic Surgery Is Helping People With Illness

There are many things you associate with cosmetic surgery, but helping with illness isn’t one of them. For years, we’ve judged cosmetic surgery as procedures for the rich and famous. Boob jobs and facelifts for the people of Hollywood to remain young forever. The public see cosmetic surgery as the ultimate form of vanity. How superficial these people must be. The problem is; this is wrong. It’s a) wrong to judge someone for how they choose to look and b) wrong to assume people have cosmetic surgery for the same reason.


People can turn to cosmetic surgery for many reasons, not all of them are vanity. Some may choose it because they have serious self-confidence issues. Some people might be traumatised with the way they look and it’s literally painful to them. Others may turn to cosmetic surgery after, or during, illness.

That’s right, cosmetic surgery has helped people with various illnesses. Cosmetic fat removal procedures have been used to help those suffering from obesity. When you’re obese, it can be nigh on impossible to try and exercise to lose weight. Some people have turned to liposuction as a way to get rid of fat. It doesn’t mean they’re going from obese to stick thin, but it’s a way to get them down to a suitable size. That way they can be active and work on losing weight naturally.

Cosmetic procedures have also been used to help people after an illness. Many women look to cosmetic surgery after battling breast cancer. Sometimes cancer can cause you to have one of your breasts removed. This can be incredibly traumatic for some women, so they seek out a breast surgeon to get them implants. By getting implants they can feel ‘whole’ again, and start living life how they used to. Likewise, there are rare cases of eyelid cancer that leave you with disfigured eyelids after you have a tumor removed. An eyelid surgeon can perform cosmetic surgery on you and make the problem less noticeable.

One of the earliest forms of cosmetic/plastic surgery used to treat patients were skin grafts. This is where you take skin from one part of your body and use it to ‘graft’ onto another part. It’s common when treating burn victims or people with skin deformities.

As you can see, cosmetic surgery is not only for the rich and vain. It’s a source of great joy and relief for numerous sufferers. Cosmetic surgery has restored the confidence in cancer survivors and others alike. It’s hard enough fighting through an illness, but often you end up fighting yourself too. You look in the mirror and see the effects the illness had on your body. It can be upsetting and painful. But now cosmetic surgery helps with that. It can restore your body. You feel like you’re back to normal again. It’s like you’ve been given a fresh new start.

There’s no reason to disrespect cosmetic surgery, or people who have procedures. You might not know their reasons behind it. One thing’s for certain; cosmetic surgery is making strides in the medical world.