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Improve Quality of Life With Plastic Surgery

If you’ve never thought about your quality of life before, maybe it’s time to do so! After all, you deserve to live a healthy and happy life, and you can make it happen with plastic surgery. 

Here’s what you need to know to start improving your quality of life: 

What Does Quality of Life Mean?

Quality of life may refer to many different things. For example, from one perspective, quality of life is an individual’s own perception of their position in life within culture and value systems and their goals, expectations, standards, and concerns. 

However, health-related quality of life or HRQOL includes physical and mental health perceptions, including health risks and conditions, functionality, social support systems, and socioeconomic status. 

For our purposes, we will be focusing on health-related quality of life, keeping in mind that physical health, mental health, and emotional health are all closely connected and incredibly important. 

How To Improve Your Quality of Life With Plastic Surgery

One way to improve your quality of life is with plastic surgery. Plastic surgery can do more than just help you look better; it can also help you feel well enough to live a long and healthy life. Here are some examples of how different plastic surgery procedures can improve your quality of life: 

Breast Reduction

A breast reduction is designed for women with large breasts. This procedure removes excess breast tissue, resulting in smaller, lighter, and more proportional breasts. 

Large breasts can contribute to a whole host of negative physical and emotional side effects. For example, large breasts can cause chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain. They can also make it hard to breathe and exercise properly. They can even cause skin issues like indentations from bra straps and rashes under the breast crease. Large breasts can also cause negative self-esteem and self-consciousness. It might be hard for those with large breasts to find clothes that fit them properly.

So instead of having a good quality of life, those with large breasts are often left dealing with chronic pain and self-esteem issues. Thankfully, you can resolve these problems with breast reduction surgery

Breast Augmentation and Lift

On the contrary, small, uneven, or sagging breasts can also cause self-esteem issues that negatively impact the quality of life. Instead of feeling confident in a bikini or sports bra, women with small or uneven breasts may skip the beach or the gym. Women with small breasts may not feel sexy or desired compared to women with larger breasts. 

The good news is that you can address these issues through a breast augmentation procedure performed in concert with a breast lift to address any sagging skin. 

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat around the abdomen to reveal a flatter stomach. The stomach can be a particularly difficult area to lose weight. Even if you can lose weight, you might be left with unsightly sagging skin. 

Such an appearance can negatively impact your self-esteem and overall quality of life. For example, you may not want to wear a bathing suit to the pool or beach since it means exposing your stomach. It may also limit the types of clothes that you wear. 

These issues are particularly common with mothers who have gained weight during pregnancy. So get your pre-baby body and confidence back with a tummy tuck. 


Liposuction is a relatively minor procedure that can significantly impact your quality of life. Liposuction is used to effectively suck fat out of different areas of the body, including the buttocks, abdomen, hips, back, thighs, upper arms, and waist. 

Excess fat in these areas can negatively impact your self-esteem and confidence. You may want to stay home rather than go out and have people see your perceived flaws. So instead of sitting in your house afraid of what people might say or think of you, try liposuction to achieve your ideal figure and get back out there. 

Nasal Surgery

Nasal surgery can be used to address the shape and function of the nose. Maybe you were teased as a kid due to the bump in your nose, or maybe you have trouble breathing and sleeping due to a deviated septum. 

All of these issues can negatively impact your quality of life and can be addressed with a rhinoplasty. 

Ear Surgery

Instead of being teased about your nose, say other children teased you about your ears growing up. Now you’re constantly wearing hats or styling your hair to cover up your ears instead of living a more carefree life. 

With ear surgery, you can improve the appearance of your ears and feel free to go out without a hat or a specific hairstyle. 

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure that uses lasers to target problematic areas of skin. For example, say that you have an unsightly scar on your face from an accident or suffer from acne scars after dealing with blemishes for years. 

Instead of feeling like you have to use makeup to cover up your scars, you can use laser skin resurfacing to heal and fade these imperfect areas.


To improve your life with plastic surgery, you first need to think about the things that are negatively impacting your life and causing you stress, sadness, and anxiety. From there, you can work with a plastic surgeon to address some of these issues. Schedule a surgical consultation with Dr. Applebaum so that you can start enjoying a new and improved quality of life in no time. 


WHOQOL – Measuring Quality of Life| WHO

HRQOL Concepts | CDC

Quality of Life and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis | NCBI

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