Why Women Get Plastic Surgery (It’s Not Vanity)

Vanity can be a complicated topic. Most of us want to look our best, so we go to salons to get haircuts or our nails polished, and at least occasionally wear clothes designed to showcase our best features. And no one really thinks twice about that.

Cosmetic plastic surgery is really no different. Women from all walks of life, including moms, businesswomen, and teachers, get nose jobs, tummy tucks, and breast augmentation at our Kalispell, MT, plastic surgery practice, coming to us from as far as Missoula and Bozeman, MT, and beyond.

While the stigma surrounding plastic surgery is fading, some people still associate getting “work done” as something just for vain celebrities. In this blog post, we’ll look at the reasons real people come to our practice for plastic surgery. Because our goal as plastic surgeons is to create results that look natural, you may not even realize that one of your neighbors or co-workers has had a cosmetic procedure performed.

Why do people get plastic surgery?

So, what motivates women to get plastic surgery? Here are a few of the most common reasons we hear at our practice:

“I want my body back.”

Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging take their toll on a woman’s body. Women who are finished having children come to us asking if there’s some way to get their pre-pregnancy bodies back. These are patients who live active lives but have excess skin and deflated breasts that only surgery, such as a tummy tuck or breast augmentation, can correct.

Women who have made personal commitments to losing a significant amount of weight want to complete their transformations with surgery to remove skin that hangs over their waists or from their arms and thighs. And aging women may want to turn back the clock with facial rejuvenation or procedures to help them regain confidence in their bodies.

“I’ve always been self-conscious.”

Probably the most common theme we hear from patients — no matter what procedure they’re interested in getting — is that they want to feel confident. It may be a crooked nose that’s bothered them since they were a teenager, or having small breasts that made them feel less feminine. As we discuss in a related blog post, plastic surgery like breast augmentation can help patients have confidence in their appearance.

“I am in pain.”

Women with overly large breasts not only feel self-conscious but can also suffer painful physical symptoms. These may include shoulder pain, neck pain, and headaches. Patients who enjoy being active also experience pain from running or other exercises. Breast reduction surgery provides relief and may even be partially or completely covered by health insurance when a physician recommends plastic surgery. Other patients with excess skin may suffer from irritations where skin rubs together.

Breast Augmentation Before-and-After Photos

This fit 59-year-old woman chose relatively small (295 cc) implants to create a more youthful figure.

Breast augmentation before-and-after photos

You can see more of our patients’ real breast augmentation results in our photo gallery.

The choice to have plastic surgery is a complex and highly personal decision. If you would like to explore your rejuvenation or body contouring options, the experienced surgeons at our Kalispell plastic surgery practice near Missoula are here to help. You can request a consultation using our online contact form or by calling us at (406) 300-5806 to schedule an appointment.

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