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Posted July 23, 2018 in Functional Plastic Surgery

Over the years, plastic surgery has gained recognition for its ability to enhance and correct aesthetic concerns in patients. And while aesthetics remain at the top of the list of reasons why people choose cosmetic surgery, it’s not the only reason. Some surgical procedures give just as much, if not more, of a functional benefit to patients as an aesthetic one. Procedures like rhinoplasty, breast reduction, and lower body lift surgery not only ease discomfort but enhance physical and emotional confidence in patients, as well.

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Many patients turn to rhinoplasty to help correct breathing difficulties, whether it be the result of a facial injury, such as a sports injury or accident, or something they were born with. Trouble breathing is often the result of a deviated septum, which means that one nostril is larger than the other. While this may seem like an insignificant ailment, a deviated septum can create lasting functional concerns that go beyond trouble breathing. A deviated septum can lead to difficulty sleeping, being a noisy sleeper, frequent sinus infections, and recurring headaches. Rhinoplasty straightens the septum, which improves airflow and eases everyday activities.

Breast Reduction

While many women choose to enhance the size of their breasts, other women want the opposite and undergo a breast reduction. Overly large or cumbersome breasts lead to persistent back, shoulder, and neck pain. For some women, this pain is so severe that it begins to interfere with their quality of life. Overly large breasts can make physical activities, such as sports, running, or yoga, painful, which can lead to lasting emotional insecurities. Additionally, women who have large breasts may have difficulty finding clothing that fits because their body doesn’t match the “traditional” body shape, and this creates emotional stress and self-esteem issues, as well. By choosing breast reduction surgery, many women take control of their ability to participate in the activities they want and attain a more balanced and confidence-enhancing physique.

Lower Body Lift

Patients who lose a significant amount of weight discover that the body they’ve strained and sweated for is hidden beneath layers of excess skin. This excess skin is not only a threat to the patient’s self-esteem and self-image, but it can also create further issues. Excess skin may affect the patient’s ability to exercise and can lead to uncomfortable skin irritations, such as rashes and infections. A lower body lift removes excess skin and fatty tissue from the abdomen, buttocks, lower back, and thighs.


If you are experiencing physical discomfort that can be remedied by plastic surgery, contact Dr. Hand today by calling (415) 461-6742 to schedule a consultation.