People seek out plastic surgery for a myriad of reasons. For some, it’s the correction of a trauma, accident or genetic deformity – for others, it’s reconstructive surgery for skin or breast cancer; replacing what previous surgery has taken away. Others want to restore what time has take away; growing old gracefully – and retaining a ‘natural look’ while ensuring they look as good as they still feel on the inside. [Right: before and after breast reduction surgery with Dr Sharp]. The health benefits of plastic surgery often go unmentioned in the world of glossy magazines that focus purely on cosmetic improvement, looking beyond the ‘skin deep’ image to see significant functional benefits, including:Blepharoplasty: can improve visionBreast reduction and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty): can improve back and neck painNon surgical treatments such as cosmetic wrinkle injections can also have little-known medical benefits, such as reducing headaches and treating excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).Plastic surgery alone will not improve your confidence or self esteem; but it can be one of many decisions people make to improve their self image and align the face (or body) they see in the mirror with how they feel on the outside.Elevated self esteem is associated with improved self confidence, which can have a powerful influence over relationships, job prospects and social networks; something noted by London economics Professor Daniel Hamermesh in his research into the link between appearance and employment.Although plastic surgery is often thought of as nip-and-tuck procedures that are purely driven by aesthetics, it can also be a powerful tool to resolve functional problems and improve overall health and wellbeing.It’s important to select a surgeon that is skilled in the latest advanced techniques to achieve optimal results – and trained by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), which is recognised by the Medical Board of Australia as the authority that provides the training required to achieve ‘surgeon’ status in this country. You can cross check Dr Sharp’s credentials with RACS here.If you would like to explore how plastic surgery can create improvements for your form or function, please call us on 07 3202 4744.